How to be prepared for any vehicle mishap

You know that old boy scout saying, “Always be prepared”? This statement couldn’t ring more true than when discussing vehicles and car travel. Anything from a flat tyre, minor damage to your car, an injury or spill can be a major inconvenience, but can also prove dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Worse still, if you are unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident, planning ahead can prove crucial. This article is all about expecting the unexpected when driving and how you can be prepared in case you have any misadventures while behind the wheel.

Items you should always carry in your car

Because you could get stuck in any situation while travelling in your vehicle, it is important to compile a kit of essential and helpful items, including;

  • Flashlight – A compact LED flashlight is a must for any car glove box as they are small and extremely bright – a necessity if you have to perform any work on your car at night.
  • Tyre-pressure gauge – low tyre pressure can cause blowouts, so keeping a tyre pressure gauge handy allows you to regularly check your tyres to ensure they are safe.
  • First-aid kit – A first-aid kit containing Band-Aids, bandages, gauze, disinfectant and tweezers is helpful in case you or one of your passengers sustains minor injuries.
  • Jumper cables – Essential if your car gets a dead battery, and can also be used to help other motorists in need.
  • Paper towels and garbage bags – Paper towels are great for any spills, and garbage bags can protect your upholstery from wet or dirty items on your seats.

The importance of roadside assistance

If you ever do find yourself stranded, stuck on the side of the road due to a dead battery, flat tyre or any other car fault, one product that you’ll be thankful for is roadside assistance. Having roadside assistance is worth its weight in gold, allowing for hassle-free motoring. Knowing that you can request assistance anytime, anywhere saves you changing a tyre by yourself in a dangerous location, or trying to wave down passing cars for a jump start. Fleetcare offers free roadside assistance with all of its Fleet Management and Novated Leasing products.

Benefits of outsourcing accident management for fleets

If you run a fleet of vehicles, outsourcing your accident management procedures can be an invaluable investment. Accident management as part of a total fleet management solution can minimise the impacts of accidents on your business and reduce costs, getting your drivers back on the road quickly. If you take advantage of accident management, your fleet management provider will organise to handle the vehicle and arrange repairs.

Your fleet management provider will also review and approve all repairs, give you discounted repairs with fleet pricing and ensure that the work is completed properly. These services save you the time of organising all repairs and towing yourself, and ensure that you get the highest quality repairs at the lowest price without you worrying about a thing.

Final thoughts

A little preparation goes a long way when gearing up for any accidents, breakdowns or other vehicle incidents. Spending the time and money upfront by outfitting your car and investing in roadside assistance and accident management can save you a lot of grief in the long run. At the end of the day you can’t put a price on your safety behind the wheel.

What is number one on your list when preparing for vehicle mishaps?

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