Waiting For Roadside Assistance—What You Should Have With You in a Roadside Emergency Kit

A roadside emergency can happen at any time and always happens without any meaningful warning. Precisely because you cannot predict what might happen to your vehicle during a road trip through the Front Range communities Alpine Towing and Recovery operates out of–Buena Vista, Salida, and Woodland Park—it is critical that you carry a roadside emergency kit to use while you wait for us to respond to your call for roadside assistance.

As we detailed before, stopping on the roadside is inherently dangerous, and depending where you were forced to pull over, not a place to even consider getting out of your vehicle if you don’t need to. Nevertheless, no matter where you have to pull over on the roads we serve, you can enhance your own safety by being able to raise the visibility of your stopped vehicle, or by being equipped to perform basic self-rescue.

Of course you cannot take everything you might find of use. If your storage space is limited, a basic roadside emergency kit should include at least the following items:

  • An Automotive Fire Extinguisher. A vehicle fire is something that should be snuffed out immediately if possible. Without a fire extinguisher you have no chance.
  • A Warning Light, Reflective Triangles, and/or Road Flares. Particularly on our local roads, with their twists, turns, and elevation changes, being able to give oncoming traffic some lead time to recognize your vehicle is stopped on the shoulder for roadside assistance is vital to everyone’s safety.
  • Jack and Lug Wrench. Nearly every vehicle made came with these tools, but if you bought a used vehicle, have you checked whether you even have these tools and a full spare or poly spare tire located where the owner’s manual says they should be?
  • Foam Tire Sealant/ 12V Portable Air Compressor. You might know you have a spare tire somewhere, but when was the last time you checked its pressure? There is no lower feeling than thinking you can handle a blown tire yourself only to find that your spare is deflated too. For minor punctures or pressure loss, a foam tire sealant can get your vehicle back on the road quickly and usually endure long enough to get to a more permanent fix.

Be warned that many tire shops will refuse to patch your foamed up tire. Alpine Towing and Recovery is there for its existing and future customers. Whether you are living in the Front Range, or just traveling through it, our roadside service will get your vehicle issue addressed quickly and professionally – give us a call at 1-800-TOW-2-TOW today.