Planning for Travel Emergencies



You never know when you may have an unexpected car breakdown, or where. Here are some items you should have in your emergency kit:

  • Flares or reflector triangles

  • Jumper cables

  • First-aid kit

  • Empty gas can

  • Motor oil

  • Distilled water

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Non-perishable high-calorie foods

  • Money for phone calls and cab fare

  • Cellphone

  • Blankets

  • Candles

  • Shovel, ice scraper

  • Traction mats, sand

  • Antifreeze

If you are driving in remove areas, even if on a highway, you may wish to have your emergency gas can filled (use extreme caution). If you are travelling in the north, in desert or mountain areas, you should include the "winter" items because night times can be very cold, even in the middle of summer.

In most parts of Canada, you can dial "911" from any payphone. If that does not work, then dial "0" and ask the operator for assistance. If you are a member of an auto club, you should have your membership card with you as well as a list of emergency numbers along your route. If you are travelling along the Trans-Canada Highway, you will find that cell phones work most (though not all) of the route. Coverage may vary depending on your provider; check before leaving (see )

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