Take Care of Your Car - Unless you live in an area where there is ready and accessible public transport, you need a car. When you purchase a car, routine maintenance can be low on your priority list unless it’s an auto inspection or an unexpected emergency like your check engine light comes or your transmission goes, but making regular maintenance can make a difference in preserving the longevity of the car.

That’s why it’s important to maintain your car throughout the year, so that you can do what you can to prevent any emergency from happening that’s within your control.

Pack Early - We’ve all done it. We’ve pre-planned a trip for a week at a exotic location, we know what we’re going to do and who’s coming with us, but we wait till 1 hour before our flight or drive to pack an entire week’s worth of clothing.

We get it. It’s annoying as all heck to have to pack multiple suitcases - but just think how much more frustrating it is doing it last minute. We found a simple, yet effective way to manage packing for multiple days and that is to break it down into small, manageable chunks. Each day leading up to your trip, spend at least an hour a day committing to getting ready for your trip. That way, before you know it, you’ll be able to just pack your car and head off to your trip peacefully instead of stressed.

Pack an Emergency Kit - In all honesty, it should be two: one for your car and one for yourself and your passengers. Honestly, you should have this set-up year round. You never know when an emergency situation may arise.

You could blow out a tire with a pothole. Or your engine could overheat due to low oil. And if you’re traveling a distance and in a rural area you could be a long way from a service center. An emergency with your vehicle can really throw a monkey wrench in your plans and cause undue stress. By having a few necessary items that can help you cover a surprise, emergency situation can make all the difference.

What should you include in an emergency kit for your car? You have two options. You can either create one from scratch with the items we’ve listed below or you can buy one pre-maid on Amazon.com.

Car Emergency Kit Items:

  • Tire Pressure Gauge

  • Jumper Cable

  • A Flashlight with extra batteries

  • A Quart Motor Oil

  • Can of Fix-a-Flat

  • A Small Tool Kit

  • A Gallon of Coolant

  • A heated blanket

  • A mid-sized tool kit

  • Two Light Sticks

Personal Emergency Kit Items:

  • Rubbing Alcohol

  • Bandages/Gauze

  • Digital Thermometer

  • Painkillers

  • Distilled Water

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Antiseptic Cream

Make sure that you have a Personal and a Car Emergency Kit that allows you to be prepared for any situation that may arise.

Plan Your Route

Plan your route. ESPECIALLY if it’s your first time traveling your location. It’s easy to get lost and it’s no fun starting of what is supposed to be a relaxing trip,upset and annoyed over being lost and trying to find your location.

Make sure to do your research. Take a few minutes - via phone or computer - to know the details about where you will be staying. Is that area safe? Is there parking readily available or do you need to have cash to pay a meteor? Do you have to leave your car at a destination and walk to where you’ll be staying?

Does there tend to be a lot of traffic heavy at certain times while your on the road? Will you be on a highway where there is not a rest stop for a long period of time? Or is the route you take prone to accidents?

Knowing all these things ahead of time can be a real asset before you head the road! And if you’re looking to trade your car in and buy a new one, look know further then John’s Rt.13 Auto Sales. We’ve been proudly serving the area for over 15 years and we’d love for you to be our next customer!