Middleton, WI - November 11, 2013
It’s something that’s happened to everyone at one time or another: You are in desperate need of your phone, but it’s run out of power. You don’t have an emergency charger for your cell phone and you’re in agony—perhaps because you’ve just composed the perfect 120 character tweet and can’t post it right away, or you’ve been inconveniently locked out of the house and late to dinner. But what if running out of phone battery is more than just an inconvenience?
What if you run out of power stranded on the side of the road?
With windshield emergency assistance signs a relic of the near past, many rely on reaching friends and family via cell phone when they need help on the road. So what do you do if your phone has run out of power? Do you have a backup plan?
It's most important in a situation like this that you have an emergency roadside kit in your car that includes the following:
- Emergency cell phone charger
- First-aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning light, hazard triangle, or flares
- Help sign
- Tire gauge
- Jack and lug wrench
- Foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit
- Spare fuses
- Jumper cables or a portable battery booster
- Gloves, hand cleaner, clean rags
- Auto-club card or roadside-assistance number
- Disposable flash camera to record after-accident environment
- $20 in small bills and change
- Pen and pad of paper
Place hazard triangles at the front and back of your vehicle and your help sign in the windshield. With a clear sign seeking assistance, passing members of fire, police, or sheriff departments will be more likely to stop and help you on your way. Then, focus on the problem at hand and what your next step should be. Always keep yourself safe and stay in your vehicle if possible.
And as soon as you know that you will need assistance, make sure to plug in your emergency cell phone charger to power up the dwindling battery on your phone. A reliable power source is essential if you find yourself in need while traveling so that you can contact the proper authorities, friends and family, and roadside assistance. Of course, it’s also handy to have a backup cell phone charger on hand for those times that you want to post a timely status update or watch a music video—but you’ll want to make sure that you have portable power with you when it really counts.