Essential Items to Keep in Your Car for Safety 

Minneapolis - Towing - Roadside - Assistance - ServicesWhen your car breaks down, the last thing you want to do is get into a dangerous situation which is why we recommend these essential items to keep in your car for safety. Being stuck on the side of a road is no fun. It’s even worse if it’s at night, in the middle of nowhere. Here are some items you should have in your car. These items can help keep you safe while you wait for roadside assistance from Minneapolis Towing. This article tells you all about what to keep in your trunk for emergencies. 

Tire Changing Tools 

It is important to know how to perform basic tire maintenance in the event you find yourself stranded with a flat tire. BUT not all of us know how to change a tire and that’s when Minneapolis Towing and Roadside Assistance can be of help if need be.

Spare Tire 

If your tread is low or if you see uneven wear on your tires, experts recommends getting them fixed right away. That way, if you do get another flat while out on the road, your car can handle it smoothly and if you find yourself with a flat tire and no spare to switch out with, newer cars generally have run-flat tires (less than 1 psi of air pressure) designed to drive up to 50 miles at up to 30 mph. We also recommend carrying a manual tire pump. 


A Lit Flashlight 

This Minneapolis Towing tip may seem obvious, but if your car breaks down in the dark, you’ll need it for more than just seeing what’s going on around you. Minneapolis Towing suggests setting up flares or reflective triangles to warn other drivers of potential hazards ahead. And always carry extra batteries.


First-Aid Kit  and Essential Medications 

Families and individuals who rely on prescription drugs should take them along when driving long distances or in poor conditions where they might not be able to get help quickly. Minneapolis Towing warns drivers never to let their gas tanks get below half-full or risk running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere. It’s also important to keeping a fully stocked emergency kit in your trunk year-round; it’s helpful when dealing with flat tires but it can also come in handy for other mishaps like failing brakes or wintry weather damage. 


Jumper Cables 

If you ever find yourself with a dead battery, having jumper cables will save you from waiting for a tow truck. 

Jumper cables can be used when both cars are working and all electrical systems (battery and alternator) function well. To make use of these cables: connect one end to the negative terminal (-) on each car; attach the other end either directly to the positive terminal (+) on each car or alternatively through another unpainted metal part under each hood; start both engines for several minutes until they run smoothly; shut off both engines and disconnect the cables in reverse order. 

Some cars have a “dead battery” indicator light that will go on when a car’s battery is dead. This can be useful information when you’re trying to figure out why the car isn’t starting. 


At Minneapolis Towing, we want our customers to be as safe as possible when they’re driving around Minneapolis, St Paul or anywhere else nearby. We are here to service your Roadside Assistance needs 24/7.