Keep roadside emergency kit handy, Sam Leman Automotive Group advises

Sam Leman Automotive Group is advising all drivers to be prepared for roadside breakdowns by having a roadside emergency kit.

Common causes for roadside emergencies include car accidents, overheated engines, flat or blown-out tires, dead batteries, extreme weather situations, stuck throttles or other general car trouble, the auto group said on its website.

Having a basic roadside emergency kit can help drivers get back on the road after unfortunate incidents arise. The kits usually contains flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, first aid kit, a tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, pocketknife and tire pressure gauge, and a quart of motor oil. A gallon of coolant and a can of tire inflator may also be included.

Personal items drivers might want to add to the kit include a spare cellphone, a charger, washer fluid, paper towers, pen and paper, bottled water, nonperishable snacks like granola bars, an ice scraper, hand warmers, blankets, a warm change of clothes, and spare supplies for children or pets, the release said.

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Sam Leman Auto Group 1602 Commerce Parkway Bloomington, IL 61704