Keep the Number of a Tow Truck in Your Car
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 Keep the Number of a Tow Truck in Your Car

I drive an older car that I always knew would break down some day in a bad place and need towed. I figured I could always easily look up the number of a towing company using my phone's internet service if I ever needed to. Recently, my car started making an alarming sound that led to me pulling off the road while driving down the highway. It then wouldn't start back up. I grabbed my cell phone and went to do a web search to find a local towing company, and I realized I had used up all of my data plan for the month! It was late at night, so I had to call and awaken friends until someone answered who could help. I created this blog to help others avoid the same embarrassment as me. Always keep the number of a tow truck company in your car.

Keep the Number of a Tow Truck in Your Car

Tips For Creating A Winter Emergency Vehicle Pack When You Have Children

Terri Carroll

If you have children, you should keep an emergency pack in your vehicle in case your vehicle is disabled and you have to wait for assistance. Here are some tips for creating an emergency vehicle pack specifically designed to take into account the challenges of being stuck on the side of the road in winter weather while waiting for a tow truck to come to your assistance.

Car Related Items

You need items in your emergency pack that will help you deal with whatever is wrong with your vehicle. Here are some of the basic items that you will need to address any car related items:

  • Safety flares
  • Triangle safety signs
  • Spare tire
  • Jack 
  • Lug nuts
  • Wrench
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge 
  • Air in a can

During the winter, you will need to add a few extra items to your emergency kit for your car. You'll want to have chains you can put on your vehicle if you hit a lot of snow. You'll also want to keep a shovel in your car, as well as some salt and sand. That way, if you get stuck in the snow, you can potentially dig yourself out and use the salt and sand to get traction.

A shovel can also allow you to keep your exhaust clear of snow while you keep your engine running and your kids warm as you all wait for a tow truck driver to show up. If your exhaust gets full of snow, the fumes will back up into your vehicle, which can be deadly. 

You should also keep an extra battery for your cell phone so you can ensure that you can get help if you need it. 

Children & Adult Related Items

You also need to make sure that your emergency kit contains items for you and your children to get you through a long wait for help on the side of the road during the winter time.

  • Keeping Warm. Make sure that your kit contains enough blankets for you to keep yourself and your kids warm should you ever become stuck. You should also keep an extra set of gloves, hats, scarfs and socks for your kids. You may even want to throw in a few extra sweatshirts or hoodies as well. 
  • Staying Nourished. If you have a baby, make sure you have powder formula, bottles and water in your kit. Make sure you have snacks in your vehicle that your kids enjoy eating and that are not perishable. You also need to keep water and perhaps some juice boxes in your vehicle as well.
  • Staying Entertained. Your children may have a hard time sitting still. Put items that your children enjoy playing with in your emergency kit; base it on their interests. If you have younger children, put some stuffed animals in the kit. If you have older kids, perhaps a few boardgames. 

If you spend a lot of time on the road with your children, it is vital that you keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that will help you get out of a jam and will also keep you and your children safe, warm, entertained and nourished. As soon as your car breaks down, contact a towing company like John's Wrecker Service.