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Small Roadside Emergencies: Quick Repairs and Tips

What are the odds that at least once in your driving lifespan, you will be the victim of a roadside emergency? You drive by people packed to the side, cars jacked up, or the hood was thrown open all the time.

And one day, it may be you. Try and be prepared when that happens.

The best way to be prepared is to keep your car in tip-top condition-always. Do not take any squeak, knock or grind for granted. Ensure to have it looked into ASAP. And give it a go over before you embark on a journey, and it will rarely let you down.

The second best way to be never wrong-footed is to have an emergency kit at hand in your car. The emergency kit lets you take care of minor issues quickly and keeps you safe. But in case of anything, Automotive Collision & Restoration Products is always ready to assist primarily with some custom automotive paint supply.

Here are some of the most have items in your car emergency kit:

  • A flashlight
  • First Aid kit.
  • Spare tire
  • A folding emergency safety triangle
  • A reflector safety vest
  • Universal lug wrench
  • Jump cables
  • Antifreeze/ coolant
  • Engine oil
  • Tire jack
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Gloves
  • Owner manual
  • Means of communication
  • Food, water and blanket- you may be in it for the long haul.

With this emergency kit, you will tackle minor car issues and even small medical emergencies.

Common Roadside Emergencies and their Fixes

When you get a roadside emergency, get off the road first. Park to the side and put up the necessary warning signs. Take care of medical emergencies before attending to your motor vehicle.

Flat tire

This is the most common roadside emergency. You need the spare tire, vehicle jack and jack stands, and tire wrench to tackle this.

Loosen the nuts of the flat tire and jack up the car at a point closest to the flat tire. Undo the lug nuts using the wrench and then detach the tire. Put in the good tire and place the nuts back on, turning by hand till tight. Use the wrench to tighten further. Carefully and slowly remove the jack. Save the flat tire for repairs. 

Dead battery

Use jump cables to connect your dead battery to a live one. Connect positive to positive, one negative to the live battery, and the other to a free metallic part of your engine block. Start the car with a good battery and let it run for a while. Then turn yours on. If it doesn’t start immediately, try a few more times.

Once your battery is live, let the engine run for 15 minutes.

Engine failure

Place your car safely to the roadside and seek tow services.

Overheating engine

Park your car to the side and let it cool. Then add coolant or water to the radiator. Do not continue driving once you realize your engine has overheated.


Running out of gas 

Refill from your spare gas can or send for more. Don’t leave your car unattended.

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