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I recently asked a very talkative tow truck driver what tools should a driver keep in the car to be prepared for road emergencies. His response, my business card! I smiled and agreed with him and asked a different question. What should I do if I didn’t have that information? Well, he said with a wide grin, I recommend that car owners keep a “Yo Bag” in their trunk, he went on to say, he tells drivers, but most don’t hear, even though he shares emergency information on most calls. Still talking, not recognizing the puzzled look on my face, he continues, and because they don’t comply, they have to wait for me to get to their location, wait for me to fix the problem if I can and they have to pay me! Almost always drivers get all stress out because wherever they were going, chances are they will arrive late. Puzzled, I asked, what’s a “Yo bag”? His answer, every car on the road should have jumper cables, flashlight, screwdriver, flares, fuses, in a bag, in the trunk, near the spare tire. Your car, Yo bag, get it? Got it!
Just so you know, I don’t know much more than the obvious when it comes to cars, tools and such. So when I experience a mishap on the road, I get someone else to fix the problem. Thanks to my resident driving instructor I have a bag of tools in the trunk of my car, but I don’t know how to use the tools in it. Recently my brother shared a story with me and I was reminded that having the right tool at the right time is priceless.
My brother drives a 2008 Toyota, it’s equipped with all the amenities and is in good shape. I asked him to share his experience, check it out:
I was driving to work last week and noticed the windows in the car rolled up slowly, but I didn’t pay much attention to it then. I stopped at Starbucks for coffee and returned to the car. I turned the key to start the car, but got no connection from the engine. Oh boyee! What now?
I immediately called my road side service. After telling the service agent my problem, she said, it sounds like the problem could be your battery. I’m sending a tow truck to your location to jump start your car. She then explained that the wait time for the tow truck was about an hour and a half.
Oh boy I thought, I’m going to be late returning to work. Instantly I remembered that I had purchased a road emergency kit from www.sysmoe.com U Drive Smart
Awesome! What a life saver that was! I retrieved the “10 booster cable from the trunk and proceeded to hook the cable to the battery. Within minutes a car pulled up, and the driver asked if I needed a boost from his battery. Yes, thank you very much was my response and within seconds I was able to start the car. Wow, I didn’t need to wait almost two hours for a tow truck. I got to work on time with some minutes to spare. Whew, I’m super grateful for the small things that make my life better day by day.
Really, had I not had the emergency tool kit I would have been waiting for the tow truck or asking every motorist if they had a booster cable, and will you boost my car? This was a great buy; I think everyone should have one for such a time as this.