You’re a good driver; you drive safe, you take care of your car, you play by the rules. But it’s going to happen sooner or later – you’re going to find yourself stranded by the side of the road with a flat tire or mechanical problem, with your hazard lights blinking. Or worse yet, you’re going to be in an incident that leaves you in the ditch or the median. Sometimes you just cannot prevent this kind of thing, but at the very least you can be prepared for it!
That’s why it’s a good idea to keep an auto safety kit (aka “trouble bag”) somewhere in the vehicle:
Even if you’ve got AAA and help is on the way, the #1 overriding concern is your safety while you’re stranded. You need to be seen, other drivers need to know you’re there, and they need to be able to avoid you. On a dark country highway or an interstate in the middle of nowhere, that can be a real problem. Remember…it’s better to have these items and not need them, than to need them and not have them. So play it safe!