7 Things You Should Have in Your Car for Health Safety

If you are in your car a lot, you should consider keeping a few things handy to ensure health safety. Most people tend to keep a lot of junk in the car – from old road maps to even baby stuff (especially true for parents). However, in case of an emergency, you need to ensure you have items in your car that will safeguard your life.

7 Things You Should Have in Your Car for Health Safety

If you are looking to put together or are making a list of things to carry in the car, here are some items you should consider including:

Airbags for Health Safety in the Car

A lot of infomercials and commercials advertise air bags. Why it is that airbags are advertised regularly? In case of an accident, the air bags will come to your rescue, protecting you from the steering wheel. They blow up like big balloons – an effective safety mechanism. The air bags will keep passengers from hitting the windshield or dashboard.

The air bags in the car have been made with the intention to protect adults and kids. However, air bags will never be able to replace seatbelts. Make sure that the seat is far enough from the air bag as possible. Make sure your back is against the seat.

First Aid Kit for Health Safety in the Car

A first aid kit should find place in all cars. This will allow people to treat themselves in case of a road accident or any other calamity. A first aid kit will allow you the chance to administer essential care if you meet with an accident and are waiting for the paramedics. First aid kits can be bought pre-packed from stores. However, you can always make your own. Some of the essentials every first aid kit in your car should include antiseptic wipes, tweezers, plasters and bandages. Also, make sure you have a good supply of regular medication in your car in case you suffer from chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes.

Food and Drink for Health Safety in the Car

If you happen to be stranded on the road without fuel in the tank, a supply of food and drinks will help replenish your weary body. Also, it might be sometime before you reach a gas station with good and water, so it would be wise for you to pack a meal. You can also keep a water filter if you already know that you will be driving through an arid region. Always opt to carry non-perishable foods like high-energy bars, dried fruit and cereals, among others in your car.

Weather Protection Items for Health Safety in the Car

If you find yourself at the mercy of the elements, you should have protective gear to keep you afloat. Sometimes, adverse weather conditions can take a toll on your health. Therefore, ensure that you always carry a change of clothes, sun block, a cotton hat, a raincoat and other essentials. You could also consider carrying blankets if you run of out gas in a cold area at night. You need to keep a list of items that will safeguard you against the elements.

Handy Tools for Health Safety in the Car

If you want to be safe on the road, you will require a few tools. A life hammer is essential as it will help you break the car window if the vehicle ever lands up stuck in the middle of a river.

Duct tape is also important, although it might be considered trivial. From fender benders to car body work – duct tape can fix about anything. However, ensure that you have quality tape in the glove compartment of your car.

Jumper cable is a necessity. It can get your car battery up and running in no time; or at least till you reach the nearest repair shop. Choose one with heavy gauge cables, or you can skip it all together.

These are just a few of the many tools that you can carry for safety in the car.

Also you should carry a cushion with you when you are traveling, especially on long journeys, in the car. Not just any ordinary cushion will do. What you need is a cushion that provides lumbar support. On long car journeys, your back may start to hurt. When you have a lumbar support cushion propping your back, you will enjoy a comfortable ride. This specific kind of cushion will be the next best thing since you cannot find a chiropractor when you are on the go.

Flashlight for Health Safety in the Car

If your car happens to break down on a dark, desolate road, a flashlight will help you find your way. It will help you change a tire, too. Do not forget to carry a small LED flashlight with new batteries. Keep the batteries upside down in the flashlight so you do not have to worry about running out of batteries. Sometimes, the smallest items can be of help when you least expect it. Also, you might want to carry emergency tire in your car. You may have a flashlight, but if you do not have a spare tire or two, you will not be able to move.

Emergency Contact for Health Safety in the Car

No one should leave home without emergency contact and medical records. This comes in handy, and may even save your life, if you ever meet with an accident. In case of an accident, emergency services personnel will be able to administer treatment based on the records in your possession. While mobile phones help you store numbers, always have them written down in a book and store it in the glove compartment. This can always get you out of a jam if you run out of battery charge and failed to carry your charger. Also, keep calling family every hour to inform them about your whereabouts. In case of an emergency, they can always direct the nearest emergency centre to your nearest location.

Also, do not forget to leave home without your phone charger.

Before leaving home, maintain a checklist to ensure you have everything you need.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 27, 2016

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