Us Brits love our cars, and as a result, we spend a lot of time with them. In fact, the average person spends more than 10 hours a week behind the wheel. And scarily, that adds up to three full years of our life. So you’ll want to make yourself comfy because it’s going to be a long ride…
We prepare our homes and places of work in case of fire, but why not our cars?
Read our tips for how you can be ready for any situation in your car. It’s an important part of your life, but it’s also when you’re vulnerable.
When you never know what’s around the corner, it’s best to stay prepared.
Car Fire Extinguisher
Because you have limited space in your car, no-one expects you to carry a full-sized extinguisher in the back. That’s why they make compact extinguishers designed for cars. It means you can store one close to hand without it getting in the way.
And even though they’re small, it’s still enough to help you tackle a car fire if you need to.
Only choose a small foam or powder extinguisher, as this will be safe to use on flammable liquids, gases and electrical fires. That means you’re prepared whatever the cause is.
Should a fire ever break out, your first thought will be to get out as quickly as possible. All Life Hammers have a blade which will cut through seatbelts in a single stroke. Plus the hammerhead design will make it easy to smash a window to help you make an escape.
Together it means you should always be able to get out of your car whatever the emergency is.
Just make sure you mount it where it can be easily and quickly reached because every second can count.
First Aid Kit
It’s always good to have one wherever you travel, so you can kiss everything better when someone has a minor injury.
And injuries are likely to happen should you have an accident or the car does catch alight.
Just make sure you always keep it stocked up so you’re always prepared for papercuts and minor burns.
These are good at putting fires out in the kitchen, but they have other uses too.
Wrapping one around you will help to protect you from the flames as you make an escape.
But if you get stranded on a cold, snowy road, then they will also help you to retain your body heat and keep you warm.
Whether you stop because you’ve broken down, had an accident or for an emergency situation, these are handy to have.
Placing one down the road will warn other drivers so they are aware. It’s good if you’re stuck on the brow of a hill or on the other side of a blind bend.
It will help keep you and everyone safe, and will prevent the emergency from getting any worse.
Hi-Vis Vest And Torch
When you get out of the car, you’ll want to make sure everyone can see you.
So equipping yourself with these will help other drivers see you, and allow you to see what you’re doing.
I won’t lie and say it’s the height of fashion, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
What To Do In Case Of Fire
If a fire does break out in your car, then you should pull over and get out as soon as it’s safe. And make sure to turn the engine off.
Only attempt to put out a car fire if you feel it is safe to do so, otherwise get to safety and call the emergency services.
Never open the bonnet to put out the flames. Instead, spray the extinguisher through the radiator grill so you don’t feed the fire more oxygen.
You can do your part to prevent a car fire by taking care of it. Keeping your car well maintained and in a good condition will help to keep you can your passengers safe.
Plus it will make all those hours you spend together more enjoyable.