YOU can never be too prepared when driving on the road. Accidents happen, mishaps occur, but with the proper set of tools, you'll be on your way in no time.
Think late night driving in the rain, a drop in a pothole and a flat tyre. Are you prepared? Or think doing the school run, kid in the car, then the car won't start. Can you assess and handle the situation with the tools currently in your car?
A garage won't be nearby all the time, neither will a man be available for every time you meet up on one of these situations. That's why planning ahead helps, as only then will you be assured of completing your journey quickly and safely.
Automotive Art's Retail Manager Paul Forte took us through the paces recently, with a line of must-haves for the woman driver.
The emergency kit: These, at the barest, contain jumper cable, flashlight, cable ties, screwdrivers, etc, and fully equipped, will also have batteries, help sign, knit gloves, tyre sealant and car care guide. This is a must for the woman who will be prepared for a road emergency.
Tyre sealer: A can of this can save you if you're in a situation where you can't fix your flat, but can drive a short distance to get it done. This quick seal seals and inflates your tyre so you can be on your way in minutes.
Fuel savers: These are fuel treatments for the contaminants in the gas. More than an injector cleaner, the treatment treats the whole fuel system. This kind of investment saves on service costs, and ensures that your car runs at its best.
The powered jumper cable: You may find yourself in a situation where there's no second car available to give you a jump start. With this jumper cable, you just charge and go and when the need arises, jump-start your own car.
Tool kit: At its barest, this contains things like pliers and screwdrivers, nuts and socket sets. Having these will help if your good Samaritan comes along to help and has no tools.
Fluids: Have a quart of oil, coolant and other fluids in your car. You can buy a portable trunk organiser to store them in.
Tyre gauge: You need to have tyre pressure adequate to maintain the life of the tyre. Invest in a gauge, which will tell you exactly what your pressure is. Also invest in tyre gel which helps prevent cracks and wear which can lead to premature ageing of the tyre.
o Don't hesitate to splurge, especially if you will be in traffic for lengthy spreads. Invest in a seat cushion or a lumbar cushion to support your lower back if you have back problems. These are economical, and best of all, they work. Also invest in steering wheel covers which helps you maintain a good grip on the car.
o Check your battery at regular intervals to ensure that it is working well. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a situation where the car won't start and there's no help available. Many places offer free checks, make use of the offer.