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Ever felt unlucky? Like the whole world was playing a trick on you and then laughing off your lack of luck? Ever had your car break down on you on the border between somewhere and nowhere... without as much as a flashlight?! My friends, it can happen to you and me any day. The joke has been on us for as long as there have been four wheels. But what if we were always prepared? What if our cars were equipped 24/7 with tools and gadgets for exactly these kinds of situations? Let's take a look at 5 tools that every driver should have in his vehicle for moments of need.
1. Multipurpose Flashlight
During those moments when you're driving at night and nothing seems to go your way; flat tire, broken radio, engine breakdown (all of them could possibly happen at the same time, mind you) there is only one thing that cannot be wrong: LIGHT! You will not get anywhere without it. A simple flashlight may be sufficient, but if you can get your hands on one of those multipurpose flashlights with more lighting power and a rechargeable battery, all the better.
2. Global Positioning System
In emergency situations such as wrecks or crashes, perhaps even medical emergencies, you will need to know your exact location so help can get to you as soon as possible. Maps used to be the ultimate source of directions and positioning, but we have to admit that not everybody carries a map around, not to mention read one. The GPS (Global Positioning System) is a godsend device that tracks your position via satellite, giving you the ability to pin-point exactly your location. This is extremely useful when calling for emergency help. Its use however, is not limited for emergency situations. It is a most useful guide to get to destinations unknown to you.
3. Safety Warning Red Flashing Light
Cars tend to break down every now and then. Sometimes, at the most inconvenient of times; even on the most dangerous parts of the highway. A speeding motorist could easily crash into a malfunctioning car in the middle of the road. The best way to avoid tragic accidents that may arise is to give out a warning signal to fellow drivers. The safety warning red flashing light is a device that you can attach to the roof of your car during emergencies. It emits a strong light which can be seen from kilometers away. This sends a warning to other motorists that you are having car trouble, giving them ample time to maneuver out of the way.
4. Bluetooth Headset
The use of cellular phones while driving is prohibited in most countries, however, sometimes important information has to be relayed to colleagues even while behind the steering wheel. Of course texting is out of the question, but calling via a Bluetooth headset is a viable way of communication without endangering the lives of other motorists, not to mention your own.
5. Emergency Kit
The number one priority of every road trip should be the safety of both you and your passengers by driving maturely. However, it doesn't hurt to be prepared when the unavoidable happens. Have an emergency kit in your car at all times containing a first aid kit, some perishable food, lots of water, a knife, an extra flashlight, blankets and flares. You never tell how long it could take for help to reach you.
Break downs, flat tires and accidents DO happen. There is nothing we can do about these situations except to be prepared. These 5 tools may not seem much at first glance, but will be extremely useful in dire situations. Of course, we all hope that none of us would ever have to use them, but it never hurts to be prepared. In the end, the best preparation is to always drive safe and defensively.