Safety Essentials to Keep in the Car on Any Summer Outing

Emergencies such as car breakdowns are unpredictable. It’s important to be prepared for them, even if you think they could never happen to you. It’s especially important for Arizonians to be prepared, as a broken down car can quickly reach lethal temperatures in the summer heat. Plus, a monsoon storm can cause flash flooding, which has the potential to sweep your car downstream. Always keep the following safety essentials in your car.


Water is a must-have during an Arizona summer. In addition to bringing a full water bottle with you everywhere you go (bring at least one bottle per person), it’s a good idea to keep a gallon jug or two in the trunk in case you’re stranded for a while. You should also keep some non-perishable food in your car, such as granola bars and dried fruit.

Tools and Devices

Your car should have a spare donut or a full spare tire, as well as a tire jack and lug wrench. It’s also a good idea to have some WD-40 and work gloves on hand, along with a can of emergency tire sealant and a set of jumper cables. A multi-tool and a roll of duct tape can also help you out in a jam. The devices you should have on hand include a portable cellphone battery charger and a warning device for other motorists, such as road flares.

First Aid and Safety Items

A first aid kit is a must-have for Arizona motorists. If you already have one, check it to ensure none of the medications or ointments is expired. If you’re planning to bring pets on a summer outing, make sure they have an appropriately sized pet restraint system to protect them in the event of a crash. You might also want to invest in a pop-up sun shelter in case you’re stranded for a while.

Even if the worst should happen and your car breaks down, leaving you stranded, you can always count on the friendly tow truck drivers at Barnett’s Towing, LLC to lend a hand. We’re available 24/7 throughout Arizona to assist stranded drivers. Give us a call at (800) 722-2302 to request prompt service.