Whether your customers rarely travel out of town or spend long hours on dark prairie roads, they should be prepared for a breakdown. And, while a cellular phone is a great tool, it can never be counted on to work, especially in the sparsely populated parts of the country.
Although a summer-time breakdown may not carry the perils of a winter stranding, it can still be a cold, lonely, and unpleasant experience. If it happens beside a busy highway, it can be downright scary.
This is why drivers should carry a safety kit to help them effect simple repairs or be more comfortable while they wait for help to come.
Here is a checklist for an all-weather kit that you could provide customers. You may even want to put some of the items together as part of a promotion.
Small throw rug.
Two bread wrappers and four rubber bands (to keep your feet dry or other uses).
A large standard screwdriver.
A pair of pliers.
A spray can of penetrating oil.
A set of battery jumper cables.
A wheel chock.
A large flashlight and extra batteries.
A rubber hammer.
A folding shovel or a short-handed shovel.
A roll of mechanic’s wire.
A four-way tire wrench.
An old shower curtain for ground covering if you have to crawl under the car.
An old scarf for emergency hose repairs and an old belt.
A bag of cat box filler or rock salt.
A cigarette lighter.
A plastic jug of water.
A basic first aid pack.
A fluorescent safety vest to wear if you have to repair a car on the side of the road.
Dried fruit, nuts or other nonperishable food.
A blanket to ward off cold weather.
PHOTO: JIFFY LUBE
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