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How to prepare for an unexpected emergency on the road. Tips and tools so you can be alert and prepared when an emergency happens while traveling.
I partnered with Lifehammer to share this sponsored post with tips and tools for how to prepare for an unexpected emergency on the road. One of my worst nightmares is my family being trapped in a car; and more specifically, not being able to get our kids out of the car. It's every parent's worst nightmare.
Now that I have my boys, I understand why my parents worried so much about my own safety when I drove cross country from home to college back in the day. They always had certain precautions they made me take, and for that I'm forever grateful.
They taught me the importance of driving smart and preparing for an unexpected emergency on the road because you really just never know. Life throws curve balls, and that's why it's always good to prepare, especially when you're traveling with the ones you love.
When an emergency presents…
We've all read and heard stories about children being left in hot cars, people being swept away in flash floods, people trapped in wrecked vehicles, etc. While I can not imagine leaving one of my children in a hot car, I also can't pretend to judge another person; I'm not in their shoes. However, I (and you) can take action by always being alert and prepared when an emergency presents itself either to us or to someone else nearby.
Accidents are bound to happen, and in fact, they do happen somewhere every single day. One of the worst things we could do is think it couldn't happen to us. One thing I've learned in all of our travels is that anything can happen when you're out on that road. That's why it's important to prepare for an unexpected emergency on the road.
Tips for how to prepare for an unexpected emergency on the road
Keep a stash of snacks and water in your vehicle, either in the trunk or in a special compartment. This is one thing my parents insisted I do; and in fact, I remember driving through one horrific snowstorm where I could barely tell which way the road went. It never hurts to have a stash of snacks and water to keep you hydrated in the event of an emergency.
Always carry a few tools on every road trip. My husband has a habit of compiling a few tools he knows he might need if we encounter automotive difficulties while on the road. Of course, it goes without saying to keep jumper cables in the car; but you never know when you might need to change a tire or tighten something up while out adventuring.
Speaking of tools…
Install a Lifehammer Evolution for emergencies where you may be trapped in your car.Did you know that when a car is submerged underwater, car windows die within 30 seconds? Did you also know that seatbelts will not release if a car is upside down? Let that sink in.
The thought of not being able to get my kids out of the car, as I've mentioned, is the stuff nightmares are made of. But Lifehammer Evolution will cut through seatbelts and break non-laminated car glass. Being that it's a spring loaded device, kids and adults can easily use it. And it's certified by German TUV. Press the automatic safety hammer to the side or rear window of your vehicle, and it shatters the glass. It also has a non-slip grip, which is a good thing for shaky hands that just want to get everyone out quickly and safely.
On a recent trip to New Mexico, some fellow campers we met along the way warned us about not driving or camping in flash flood areas; it seems many people don't heed the warnings, and they've lost a lot of people to flash floods up in the mountains.
Weather in the mountains can bring so many unexpected hazards that we're always cautious. I rest a little easier knowing that we have a Lifehammer Evolution installed in the car.
And don't forget…
Pack an emergency car kit. Include things like a flashlight or headlamp, rain ponchos, emergency blanket or sleeping bag, duck tape, batteries, fire starters, light sticks, an atlas, a first aid kit, roadside flares, an emergency radio, etc.
Talk with your kids. Discuss what to do in the event of an emergency while traveling. Talk about different scenarios and what to do if you're separated or if someone is hurt. Be open and answer any questions they have.
Also make sure they know important names, phone numbers, and mailing addresses, especially those of immediate family and emergency contacts. Share with your kids how to use the Lifehammer Evolution. Explain to them that it's not a toy and only for emergencies.
It's better to inform and prepare them just in case, God forbid, something should happen.
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Are you prepared for an unexpected emergency on the road? What advice would you give about how to prepare for the unexpected?