What to Do If You Get Stranded in Your Car

One of the scariest things many of us encounter in life – or fear that we might encounter – is getting stranded somewhere in our car because our battery died.

First of all, let me get this blatant product endorsement out of the way. At 4Patriots we sell the Patriot Power Hub for just such occasions, and you can see all the information here.

OK, let’s assume for a moment that you don’t own that product. Most of us have cellphones these days and we can call for help if this happens to us. But what if you’re in one of the many “dead zones” when it occurs and you can’t get a signal? Then what do you do?

Like most things in life, this situation will be much easier to deal with if you’ve thought about it in advance and prepared for it. And that means having crucial, possibly life-saving items in the trunk of your vehicle.

Among them are the following:

  • Food. Non-perishables such as granola bars, protein bars, crackers, etc., will help you through the hunger pangs until help arrives.
  • Water. You should ALWAYS have a jug of fresh water in your truck, along with an empty water bottle.
  • First-Aid Kit. Hopefully you and/or your passengers will not have sustained an injury in whatever caused your vehicle to break down, but if somebody does get hurt, this kit will come in handy.
  • Maps and GPS. Knowing where you are when something happens to your car and how to get to a place of safety is essential, and these items can help you with that.
  • Blankets. Even if you’re driving in a warm climate when your car breaks downs, it’s bound to get cold overnight.
  • Comfort Items. Don’t neglect this one. You don’t know how long you’ll be stranded, and if you pack some books, magazines, puzzles, games, etc., they will help you keep your mind off your situation.
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