summer driving in AZ

Tips from Mr. Ed - Stocking Your Car for the Summer

 

Summer is right around the corner which means warm weather is upon us! It’s fun to get out and about with friends and family and it’s important to make sure you are prepared for whatever may happen. If you are getting ready to embark on afternoon trips to the ballpark or weekend road trips, there are a few summer safety essentials you should be stocking your vehicle with!

 

Water

Summer heat can increase your risk of dehydration and the risk is further increased if you are physically active on your adventure. You can make sure you stay hydrated by keeping water on you at all times. This can mean keeping a reusable water bottle full and at the ready for every passenger on short trips or stocking your vehicle with water ahead of time for road trips. Younger children and older passengers are the most susceptible to becoming dehydrated, make sure to have them sip on water frequently. Symptoms of dehydration to look out for while on the road include dizziness, sleepiness, or a headache.

 

A Multipurpose Tool

You never know what you may encounter on a road trip or what tools you may need, a multipurpose tool can be the perfect solution! These all-in-one products typically feature up to 10 tools including scissors, needle nose pliers, a Phillips head screwdriver, and more! These tools are compact and lightweight making it easy to store in any of your vehicle’s handy storage compartments.

 

Warning Safety Devices

If you have suffered a mechanical breakdown or a traffic accident, your vehicle can become a road hazard for you and other drivers. Keeping things like emergency LED flares and road safety warning triangles in your vehicle can help you notify oncoming drivers to your inoperable vehicle.

 

First Aid Kit

Day trips or week-long road trips can come with their fair share of bumps and bruises, it's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit on hand. Some of the best things to keep in your vehicle first aid kit include sunscreen, bug spray, bandages of various sizes, antibiotic ointment, medical tape, alcohol cleaning wipes, and more. You should also pack whatever prescription medications that are needed for passengers!

 

Snacks/Insulated Cooler

You never know what kind of traffic you may encounter on your adventures! It’s a good idea to keep snacks that every passenger will enjoy to avoid those hungry meltdowns or stops that may lead to expensive last-minute food. You can also keep your water and snacks cool during your trip with an insulated cooler. These are also a great idea to keep in the vehicle day-to-day for grocery shopping and sports.

 

Portable Cellphone Charger

We rely on our cellphones for a lot these days, from directions to reviews on the restaurants along the route. It’s important to bring along a portable charger for your cellphone in case your vehicle breaks down or you have to leave your vehicle and your phone battery dies. You want to be able to call for assistance if you need to!

 

Jumper Cables or a Portable Car Battery Charger

A dead vehicle battery can be a quick and simple fix but without jumper cables, it can be a trying situation. If you aren’t comfortable using jumper cables, a portable car battery charger may be for you! These portable chargers are small but mighty and inexpensive!

 

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