Essentials for every motorist

It always pays to be prepared in case of emergencies

It always pays to be prepared in case of emergencies

Your regular driving route maybe within the city, within reach of petrol stations and auto repair shops, but what if you need to occasionally traverse a different trail where help is remote? Will you be ready when your car suddenly breaks down in the middle of nowhere? Motorists should know better that they need to keep a few essentials in case a road emergency arises.

Owner’s manual – Often never given a second glance, it is placed in the glove compartment for a reason. Do not take it out from where it belongs; you will never know when you need it. Throw in your roadside assistance and auto shop business cards, and insurance claim forms, too.

Tyre-changing kit – The last thing you want to do when going on a road trip is change a flat tyre in the scorching heat. But be ready with a list of must-haves in case it happens: spare tyre, tyre jack, tyre iron, lug wrench and WD-40 (a spray/lube that prevents corrosion).

Jumper cables – Because dead batteries are not a myth especially during extreme summer temperatures. You may also get yourself a battery booster as an alternative.

Tyre pressure gauge – Keep tabs on your car’s tyre pressure with this tool especially during summer.

Safety and first aid kit – A fire extinguisher is mandatory in the UAE or else motorists face fines if found flouting the rule. Other items to include in the safety kit are a flashlight, multi-tool, tyre sealant, rope, reflective triangles and duct tapes. For the first aid kit: Band-Aids, antiseptic cream, bandages, cotton and alcohol swabs.

Handy Hints:

* Fire extinguishers a must for every UAE motorist

* Store spare tyre, tyre jack, lug wrench in the hood

* Also keep chargers, water, tissue, notebook, pen

Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Classifieds

The writer is a freelancer