Having the right supplies can make the world of a difference when you are stranded on the side of the road due to a car breakdown.
But exactly what do drivers need to make sure they are safe during times of need?
The experts with AAA Texas showed us what essentials drivers should have in the car to get back up and running again…
“Making sure you’ve got a flashlight, making sure that you’ve got jumper cables,” said Joshua Zuber, a spokesperson with AAA Texas.
And in case you get hurt during the incident…
“Bandaids, a first aid kit for example, a poncho,” said Zuber.
Or any other supplies most people might not think of right away….
“You want to make sure that you’ve got duct tape, you’ve got shop cloths."
So we put Houstonians to the test, digging through their trunks to see if they were prepared.
Most of the drivers had the obvious.
“I keep the anti-freeze. if I have a flat. I have the fix-a-flat that’s in here somewhere.”
Some missing a few things on the list…
“Tire pressure. I may not have that up there.”
Other were ready for the worst case scenario.
“Fire extinguisher and first aid kit,” Keith Westberry said.
Now you may wonder just how much space this all may take up.
“This stuff doesn’t take up much room but the convenience factor in case something happens out weighs the fact that it takes up a little room in your vehicle.”
Because you never know when you or someone may need it.
“I was able to assist someone whose car was on fire.”
An emergency roadside kit is a small price to pay, but it is worth it in the end.
A few of the roadside emergency supplies that do qualify for the no tax this weekend are items like fire extinguishers, first aid kits, fuel containers, flashlights. You’ll be able to purchase them this Saturday and Sunday. Consumers can also purchase a AAA Roadside kit online or at any major retailer.
For more on AAA and roadside assistance: https://www.texas.aaa.com/automotive/roadside-assistance.html?nav=nav:ace%20home:automotive