It’s important for motorists to be well prepared in case of an emergency on the road. There are a few essential tools that every motorist needs, such as functional brakes and a trusty car manual. However, here are four of the most helpful resources that every motorist should get their hands on.

Car Emergency Kit

One of the most important resource that motorists should have on them is a car emergency kit. You can usually pick us these kits pre-packaged at auto stores or even Target. They often include road flares, first aid kit, tire repair kit, flashlight, jumper cables, and more. A car emergency kit is a helpful resource to keep in the trunk of your car for emergencies.

Car’s Manual

Every car comes with its own manual, but it’s important to keep it in a safe, secure place until you need it, such as when your vehicle breaks down. This helpful tool can help you diagnose the problem with your vehicle and fix it until you can get professional help from a mechanic. However, this manual can also help you take proper care of vehicle as well, to prevent it from suffering from poor maintenance.

Functional Brakes

This is a pretty obvious one, but it’s essential that your vehicle has functional brakes. Without this, you could get into a pretty serious car accident and injure others on the road. Make sure to get adequate brake service when you need it. If you know your vehicle needs its brakes repaired, it’s your responsibility as a motorist to get them repaired by a certified mechanic.

Roadside Assistance Membership

Although it isn’t as essential as having functional brakes, it’s helpful that you have a roadside assistance membership as a motorist. Your roadside assistance provider can help you out in an emergency if you’ve run out of gas or have a flat tire. Usually, they will provide towing services for a certain number of miles you’re covered for. Just make sure you pay your membership bills on time, or else they won’t be willing to help you out in an accident or emergency on the road.

As a motorist, it’s important that you keep your vehicle well-stocked with necessities, such as manuals, car emergency kits, functional brakes, and roadside assistance. It’s even more important for new drivers to be carrying these things since they’re more at risk for getting into an accident. Remember, be careful on the road and remember the rules of the road to avoid emergencies altogether.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;