5 Tips for Avoiding Car Problems on a Road Trip


Keep a Roadside Emergency Kit

Being stuck by the side of the road is a helpless feeling. Before leaving home, put together an emergency kit with items that at the very least will get your vehicle patched up until you can get to the nearest mechanic. You can create the kit from scratch yourself, or you can buy one at an auto parts store and spruce it up with a few more necessities.

Here are some basics:

  • Jumper cables
  • Roadside flares
  • 2 or 3 quarts of oil
  • Gallon of anti-freeze
  • Can of tire inflator
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight
  • Toolkit containing screwdriver, awl and wire cutters
  • Bottled water
  • Paper towels

Related Articles


  • Edgerton, Jerry. "Summer road trip maintenance check-list." CNN/Money. April 5, 2002. (June 3, 2010) http://money.cnn.com/2002/03/25/pf/autos/q_maintenance/index.htm
  • Mead, Scott. "How to Create Your Own Roadside Emergency Kit." Edmunds.com. (June 3, 2010) http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/howto/articles/43798/article.html
  • The Unofficial DMV Guide. "Pre-Trip Maintenance." (June 3, 2010) http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/pre-trip-maintenance.php


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