An emergency kit should include battery jumper cables, flashlight, set of tools, first aid kit and reflective triangle.
Always try to have a cell phone with you while travelling in your car.
Familiarize yourself with the operation of your car's jack so you'll know how to use it in case of a flat.
Make sure your wiper blades are functioning effectively, as they affect your visibility during serious rain storms. Also, ensure your window wash is always full to ensure any road residue and spray generated from vehicles on the road can be quickly and effectively removed from the windshield.
Keep a can of Fix A Flat in the trunk for quick fixes in case you have a flat at night, or in a dangerous neighbourhood.
Make sure your on-board toolkit is available in the car and carries a comprehensive set of tools, the most important of which is the lug wrench.
Never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle, even for a minute. A locked car sitting in the sun quickly turns into an oven. Temperatures can climb from 78 to 100 degrees in just 3 minutes.
Lights, including high beams, turn signals and brake lights must be in working condition and headlights must be aimed correctly. Always ensure your headlamps are clear from oxidation which affects the ability to adequately light the road. Be sure to check your headlights, brake lights, and other bulbs monthly for damage or blown bulbs.
Ensure you are sensitive to any brake issues on your car. An obvious sign is when the brake light is illuminated, in which case you need to get your car brakes looked at immediately. Other tell tale signs include the vehicle pulling to one side when you brake, jerking to a stop or a loud metallic noise when the brakes are applied, or the brakes feel “soft” and you need to pump them in order for them to work correctly