Comparing emergency kits for cars

We invented Blinking Brake Lights because we care about drivers’ safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear impact collisions result in more injuries than any other type of automobile accident every year. However, with Blinking Brake Lights, the reaction time of people driving behind you is reduced, which ultimately lessens your chances of being rear-ended. However, we’re aware that there are many dangers and scenarios that could occur while driving, so we took a look at three different emergency kits around the same price.

 

We strongly believe there is no such thing as being too prepared.  We’re not suggesting keeping a trunk full of goods in case of an apocalypse but maybe a bottle of water would be appropriate. As a result, we did some research and comparisons to find the best emergency kits out there.

 

1. Lifeline 4330AAA Road Kit sold at Walmart for $24.97 (https://express.google.com/u/0/product/5775429365103492569_13230199484866254575_8175035?utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=tu_cu&utm_content=eid-lsjeuxoeqt,eid-koyayyivmf,eid-ygcnqnyulq&gtim=CO-hxPqOmJXxXxD20sK_yKCu50sYkIb0CyIDVVNEKJCS4N0FMLv78gM&utm_campaign=8175035&gclid=Cj0KCQjwrszdBRDWARIsAEEYhrd36cztIHso-vqhICvYi04xQV82XdldhwOno2gEHsg7GGNNdFR3obkaAj-CEALw_wcB)

 

What does this includes?

 

Inside the very stylish Triple A bag are zipper pulls, an emergency car care guide, a membership brochure, one set of heavy duty booster cables and one heavy duty flashlight.

 

Rating?

On Google Express, it has a 4.3 star rating out of 23 reviews. One user said, “We provided this as a gift at Christmas time to all of the car owners in the family, and it was a wonderful surprise to the recipients. They were delighted! The quality of the equipment in the bag, and the compact size of it was fantastic. It's one of those things that you hope you'll never have to use, but you're glad you have it if that time ever does come. Great gift idea; great overall purchase.”

 

2. Stalwart 55-Piece Pink Emergency Roadside Kit with Travel Bag for $29.62 sold at Home Depot (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stalwart-55-Piece-Pink-Emergency-Roadside-Kit-with-Travel-Bag-75-EMG2053/206729478?cm_mmc=Shopping%7CG%7CHC%7CD25T%7C25-31_GARAGE%2FAUTOMOTIVE%7CNA%7CNA%7CRLSA%7c71700000037147753%7c58700004141485307%7c92700034088528780&gclid=Cj0KCQjwrszdBRDWARIsAEEYhrew0Fgb-3PMROUKeYWUVWfoQZXwTc1oWD6Bc76HfT9UJkbxgHSg1WMaAmOqEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKODsp316N0CFcHewAodE8kPRA)

 

What does this include?

 

For a whopping $29 and 62 cents, the customer will receiver a “versatile soft-sided travel bag,” pair of jumper cables, bungee cords, emergency blanket, tire repair kit, box cutter, two screwdrivers, flashlight, tripod stand, duct tape, gloves, pliers, zip ties, emergency sign and a first aid kit.

 

Rating?

 

On the Home Depot page, it received a 4.3 star rating based on seven reviews. One user said, “It contained all the basic essentials for a road emergency.”

 

3. Roadside Assistance Car Emergency Kit for $29.30 sold on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Roadside-Assistance-Car-Emergency-Kit/dp/B07635TT3W/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1538526207&sr=8-7&keywords=car+emergency+kit)

 

What does this include?

 

This kit includes reflective warning triangle and safety vest, tow rope, gloves, safety hammer, seatbelt cutter, flashlight, adhesive tape, rain coat, tire pressure gauge, screwdriver, jumper cables, emergency blanket and a first aid kit.

 

Rating?

 Out of 72 reviews, it has a 4.7 rating out of 5 stars. One customer said, “It is a perfect  inexpensive, emergency kit for a vehicle. I gave them as gifts for two teenage girls of a co-worker and it has the essentials they need. Well worth the money even if they only get used one time. I added a flare, and multi tool, and beefed up the first aid kit, but that's a me thing. hard to beat this package.”

 

Conclusion? This is just the tipping point. Start by making a list of the things that are important to you, not only that, but do you know how to use all the items in these kits? Regardless, Blinking Brake Lights is proud of you for taking the innovative to be precautious.  Let us know what emergency kits you recommend!

Car maintenance you should be doing yourself.

Are you that person who is too afraid to touch his or her car but also hates paying someone else to do a task you know you should just do yourself? This post is going to breakdown three tasks that will save you financially including changing your engine oil (yes, we went there), windshield wiper maintenance and changing your brake lights with the help of guided tutorials.

 

According to a poll by Cheap Insurance Net (link to https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/draft-60-percent-people-can-t-change-flat-tire-most-n655501), only 26 percent of 2,000 car owners were confident enough to change their engine oil by themselves. The most accepted rule is to change your oil every 3,000 miles, but if you want to live on the edge, let 5,000 miles be your maximum. The cost to change your oil at a service station can range from $30 to $60, over half of that price is just the labor fee. Think about it. If you drive 20,000 miles a year, that’s at least $200 you’re spending. Opting to do it yourself will cost you around $20 for the oil and filter. Here’s one of the best tutorials we found to demonstrate how easy it is to change your own oil.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2KDbTx9gVo

 

The next car maintenance you should feel 100 percent comfortable completing is switching out your windshield wipers. The typical rule of thumb suggested by the auto industry is to inspect the wipers at least once a year. Depending on the climate you live in, you may not have to change them as often. For example, someone who deals with hail and freezing rain in Michigan probably should switch them out after the winter season unlike someone in Arizona who has one season, hot. One other thing to note is that you need to make sure you’re choosing the right type and size of windshield wipers for your car, which can be found in the manual or take a look at the old ones for size guidance. Depending on what brand and features you choose, the parts can range from $7 to $30. Additionally, some places do add in labor costs to put them on for you, so be sure to research! Below is a quick simple tutorial on how to change your windshield wipers.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mOm2u9YqwA

 

Lastly, you may not have even known you can change your headlights and brake lights yourself, but you can! Depending what type of bulbs/lights you want, the cost for the parts is anywhere from $25 to  $100. That’s not including labor charges, which could be anywhere between $50 to $100. Save yourself the money! For example, take a look at our flashing brake lights. Not only are they a safety precaution, but also they’re cost-friendly. For $29.99, which includes free shipping, you get two of the bulbs for your brake lights, and you can watch this tutorial for how to install them.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T--pArulxUA&feature=youtu.be

 

The saying that it’s the little things that add up is really something you should think about when it comes to maintaining and repairing your vehicle. Although, the tasks like changing your oil, replacing your windshield wipers and installing your brake lights seem like small tasks, they can equate into preventable expenses.