As weather conditions deteriorate and many of us are travelling home in the dark, Bushey Hall Garage – the company that cares – offers you some sound advice on what to carry on you, in your vehicle, to help keep you safe. Why not make up an SOS box – the ideal gift for new drivers, or those who spend many hours at the wheel.
MOBILE TELEPHONE: Always carry a mobile phone and ensure it’s charged up ready for use.
CASH: Always carry a small amount of cash about your person for any sudden emergencies.
TORCH: Keep a torch in your vehicle. You could lose all power and very handy if you breakdown roadside during the hours of darkness. Check the torch works before starting your journey!
WARM CLOTHING: Keep warm clothing in your vehicle, incase you breakdown or get stuck in a jam in bad weather. Include wet weather coat or jacket. A travel rug is a useful addition, too.
MAP: Carry a map to help pinpoint your location to any SOS services – Police, Fire, Ambulance and breakdown and recovery teams. It is most important these services get accurate information, and fast! You need to know where you are.
HI-VIS VEST: If your vehicle comes to a halt, the safety of yourself and all in your vehicle are of prime concern. You may need to step away from your vehicle to a point of safety and you need to be seen. A Hi-vis, reflective vest is an important item of safety wear to carry in your vehicle.
DRINKING WATER: Carry a bottle of drinking water. Useful for you, your passengers, your radiator and washer reservoir!
FIRST AID: Carry a small basic first aid kit and couple of plastic bags.
PEN & PAPER: Always have a pen, pencil and paper handy. Pens left in vehicles often do not work when you need them to.
WARNING TRIANGLE: Carry a warning triangle and place this between 50 and 150 metres to the rear of your vehicle to warn oncoming traffic that you have stopped.
HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS: Use your hazard warning lights if you breakdown or indeed are involved in an accident. Turn all other lights OFF. If you have broken down, by turning all other lights off you are preserving battery power and it also makes your vehicle more visible with purely hazard lights on.
DON’T PANIC: Whatever happens, don’t panic. You put yourselves and others at risk if you panic. Remember, your biggest risk at the side of the road is being run into by another vehicle. Stay calm, help is at hand.
USE YOUR TELEPHONE. CALL THE EMERGENCY SERVICES OR LOCAL GARAGE. GET YOUR PARTY TO SAFETY. WEAR SOMETHING VISIBLE. KEEP WARM AND WAIT.
BHG: Put our Bushey Hall Garage telephone number on your mobile phone and keep our address handy. Remember our recovery service operates 24hrs a day, 365 days of the year. We also give priority to women alone, or with young children. If you are stuck roadside, give us a call.
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