During the UAE holidays, many travellers rent a car monthly to hit the road with family or friends. It sounds like a lot of fun, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. You could end up with a flat tire or a mechanical problem in the middle of nowhere. So, it’s always smart to be prepared and keep the following things in your car for emergencies.
Modern vehicles come with GPS satellite navigation systems to help drivers get to their destinations. However, GPS can fail and suffer from accidental interference. It can also crash when the satellite signal is lost. This is why you should always carry a traditional map with you. Study it before your trip and make sure to mark the routes.
Essential tools and equipment
There’s a high chance your car can break down when you’re crossing challenging terrains, like a mountain or a dessert. You may not be a mechanic, but it’s still essential to carry these core items – tow strap, jumper cables, tire inflator or sealer, flashlight, knife, duct tape, tire chains to get out of slippery situations, and a folding shovel. These tools can help you get back on the road, even for a short while, until you reach the nearest auto shop.
First aid kit
Accidents happen when you least expect them. Thus, drivers should always be prepared for medical emergencies along the road. A first aid kit serves as a means of assistance until medical responders arrive. Keep it well stocked with basic resources such as sterile gauze, bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes, gloves, scissors, clean cloths, rehydration sachets, safety pins, thermometer, and antibiotic cream.
Food and water
You never know when or where your car decides to break down. Clean drinking water should be part of your emergency kit to prevent dehydration, especially in the UAE, wherein the climate is hot all year round. You’re also going to need high-calorie foods with long shelf-life such as chocolate or granola bars to give you energy while waiting for help.
Phone and charger
In case of an emergency, our phones allow us to stay connected with help providers. It’s the only means of communication while on the road so it should never run out of battery. Make sure to keep a charging lead in your cheap car rental that can be plugged into the cigarette lighter.
Warm blankets and extra clothes
You might be wondering why you have to bring a blanket with you in a country with year-round sunshine. While daytime temperature can hit mid-30s °C, night-time temperatures near the coastline can drop 12 °C to 15 °C, and down to 5 °C for places near the desert. Blankets can keep you warm while waiting for help.
Roadside emergency kit
Other essential items you should keep in your car include a flashlight, warning triangles, and a Hi-Viz jacket, in case you have to repair during the night. The triangles can serve to warn other motorists to slow down as there is trouble up ahead.
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