Being prepared is one of the best principles you can apply to your everyday life. However, it doesn’t just end at home or the office. It’s something that you should keep in mind when you’re behind the wheel of your truck. Emergencies may occur with such infrequency that you rarely think about them, but when one happens, you’ll be glad you had the items to get you through the situation. Before you set off on your next trip, throw some of these emergency items in your truck in case disaster strikes.
Jumper cables are one of the most vital items of your truck emergency kit. Not only are they the only thing to charge your battery if it goes dead, but you can also play Good Samaritan to other motorists if you find them stranded. Make sure to buy cables that are at least 12 feet in length for easy use and covered in 8-gauge rubber for durability and to lessen the risk of corrosion or shock.
Like jumper cables, a tow rope serves a dual purpose, allowing you to get out of a jam and also help others if necessary. The tow rope in your emergency kit should pull up to 6,000 pounds, although you may want to match it to your truck’s towing capacity to maximize its abilities.
Proper tire pressure is important for performance, safety, and a smooth ride. If you neglect your tire pressure, you could end up blowing a tire or causing an accident. While cars made more recently than 2008 have a mandatory tire pressure monitoring system, most don’t tell you the actual pounds per square inch, or PSI, of the tires. That’s what makes a tire gauge so handy. By checking the pressure of each tire and comparing it to the recommended pressure in your owner’s manual, you can assure a safe ride to your destination.
Cat Litter, Sand, or Wood Planks
Most trucks are rear-wheel drive and are particularly susceptible to getting stuck in the mud, especially if there’s no load in the bed. That said, you should always have something in your emergency arsenal to get you out of the mud. Cat litter, sand, or wood stuck under the rear wheels can provide additional traction.
Cell phone coverage is surprisingly good throughout most of the country, and even rural areas have towers to place your call. Unfortunately, this is all for naught if you don’t have any power. While you should always carry a charger that plugs into your car’s power supply, make sure to bring a charger that runs on AA batteries or solar power — or a fully charged power bank that continuously holds a charge. Power banks are perhaps your best choice, as they come in a variety of sizes to power your phone for a few hours or even as long as a day.
Now that you’ve stocked your truck with all the emergency essentials, you can take one concern off your mind, leaving you free to enjoy something far more exciting than being stranded in the middle of nowhere.