Driving around town to run errands and being out and about in our vehicles is an everyday occurrence. Our weekend road trips and occasional vacations are always a fun and exciting adventure. We don’t really think much about our vehicles as we live our regular lives – right up until the unexpected roadside emergency interferes with our routine or our fun.
The emergencies that Alamogordo drivers may encounter can range from a flat tire while driving in town to being stranded in a snowy ravine on the way back from a winter drive to Cloudcroft. So, you may want to consider a basic car emergency kit to keep in your vehicle at all times and a travel kit you can tailor for specific trips.
Your close-to-home in Alamogordo kit should have some basic items to work on your car.
Everything You Need in a Basic Car Emergency Kit
Your basic car emergency kit should contain anything you might need in a roadside emergency.
- a spare tire,
- car jack,
- lug wrench,
- flashlight with working batteries,
- road flares,
- reflective triangles,
- wheel wedges,
- can of tire inflator,
- a couple quarts of oil,
- extra windshield washer fluid,
- jumper cables or a booster box.
Your spare tire is usually located under the floor mat in the trunk. You should check it regularly to ensure that it is properly inflated. That way, when you need it, it will perform ideally for you.
The can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. They typically contain a single-use supply of sealant that seals a puncture and then reinflates the tire with pressurized gas. This provides enough pressure to allow the vehicle to be driven for a short period and at a low speed to reach the auto repair shop.
Additionally, you may wish to include some additional basic hand tools to cover other types of unforeseen fixes.
First Aid Kit / Survival Essentials
For comfort and safety during your travels, keep a first aid kit and some basic survival items in your car as well.
Be sure that your first aid kit includes drinkable water – this is especially important in the Tularosa basin desert climate.
Other items to keep stocked in your first aid kit should be a high-calorie food (like energy bars or trail mix), blankets, a towel, hat, extra shoes, and toilet paper.
Be sure to remember your cell phone, emergency cash, credit card, or at least some spare change.
If you are traveling to areas with frequent severe weather advisories, it’s a great idea to increase your provisions to sustain you for a longer period of time.
For road trips away from Alamogordo, consider the weather and the New Mexico geography as you assemble your emergency auto supplies. Take into consideration your source of light, heat, and protection against the elements. Plan to have adequate food and water for everyone in the car.
It’s always a good idea to tell someone where you are going and have a plan for checking in along your way. Then, if you do run into car trouble or a more drastic emergency, your contact can report your demise sooner rather than later and help can be sent on its way. This also aids in any rescue efforts to be able to narrow any potential search area.
The key to safe travel in New Mexico is to keep your vehicle properly maintained, plan ahead, and let others know your itinerary.
Call Tierra del Sol Automotive for assistance in helping you prepare for your travels.