If you ever enrolled in the Scouts as a child, then the chances are that you live by the motto ‘Always be prepared’. This should extend to your driving to, because when it comes to being out on the roads, whether you’re simply commuting to and from work or are heading off on a longer journey, being prepared really is crucial. Don’t be that driver who has become complacent and makes serious errors in judgment when it comes to driving, be clued up and prepared for every eventuality.
Here’s how to ensure that you are prepared for anything that comes your way while out and about on the roads:
Don’t skip checkups
You know how you make sure to attend a health checkup once a year? Well, your car requires the same level of care. Just like our bodies can become damaged or go wrong, so can our cars. So it’s important to book your car in for at least one service per year, as well as a MOT. If you don’t get your car checked over once a year, it could have issues that could become dangerous, such as bald tyres or worn brake pads. It’s important to make time for car checkups to ensure that your vehicle is safe to be on the road, else you could end up in a lot of trouble and could even go to jail – car upkeep is that serious.
Get the right auto insurance
Obviously, it’s a legal requirement to have auto insurance if you are driving on the roads, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that not all insurers are equal in terms of what they offer. When it comes to your insurance policy, you want to make sure that you are getting all the protection that you need and are getting some useful bonuses too. A fully comprehensive policy is a must if you want to ensure that your vehicle is covered for everything. It’s also worth looking at personal injury cover, to ensure that if you’re injured in a crash and can no longer work, you are covered.
Carry a breakdown kit in your car
At one point or another, most of us will experience a broken down car. In these instances, it can be useful to have a breakdown kit in your trunk. Things like a high visibility jacket, a warning sign to put out, your breakdown cover details, if you have cover that is, are all vital to have in your trunk. It’s also worth keeping a big bottle of unopened water in your car, a torch, blankets, and some sort of dried food so that you have plenty to keep you going while you await a recovery vehicle.
Be prepared for an accident
No one wants to think about having a car accident, do they? However, it’s important to be prepared when it comes to these kinds of things, which is why it’s important to keep certain items in your car. It’s advised by the police that every driver keeps a seat belt cutter, a glass breaker, and a bright torch in their car. It’s also a good idea to consider reading up about how to escape emergency situations, such as your car being submerged in water, so that no matter what happens, you are prepared.
There you have it, a guide to why the Scout motto of ‘Always be prepared’ is so important for drivers.