Whether you drive at night regularly or just on occasion, a night driving kit can make sure that you’re vastly safer if you happen to break down—especially if you travel in rural or underpopulated areas where you aren’t likely to be able to get help quickly.
In today’s post, we’ll be discussing a few of the “must haves” for your night driving kit, as well as giving you some helpful pointers for how to be safer, better prepared, and ready for anything on the road, no matter what time of day it is.
Let’s take a look at what you should always have with you when the sun is down:
Everything Your Night Driving Kit Should Include
A night driving kit is a small group of items that you can easily place into a bag or box and toss in your trunk. As you might imagine, most of it is centered around providing yourself with light sources, though a few other items might be of value as well. At minimum, here’s what you should make sure is in your trunk anytime you’re driving at night:
- A good flashlight
- Flares and/or reflective triangles
- Spare bulbs for headlights
- Small set of tools if necessary (to replace bulbs)
- A set of warm clothing
This is in addition to some of the other emergency items you might already have in your trunk, such as a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food snacks like protein bars, jumper cables, and so on.
Finally, keep in mind that a charged cell phone can be one of the best “safety” items you can pack along with you. Invest in a car charger if you don’t have one already, and keep your most important emergency numbers in your list of contacts.
How Well Do Your Headlights Really Work?
One of the best things you can do for yourself before setting out at night is to make sure your headlights are working up to their full potential. Did you know that after normal wear and tear that the headlight cover can reduce your light output by over 75%?
If you’ve noticed that your headlights don’t put out the same mount of light as they used to, and the light they do produce seems hazy and weak, there’s a good chance that there’s nothing wrong with your bulbs—it probably has to do with the headlight cover. Over time, the material of the protective UV layer starts to oxidize and deteriorate.
The good news is that there’s an easy fix: just pick up the BG Quick Cure Headlight Restoration Kit. This kit comes with everything you need to enjoy the brightest light your headlights are capable of, including an easily applied aerosol sealant, sandpaper, masking tape, and more. The aerosol solution does all of the heavy lifting with its anti-UV and anti-yellowing agents—plus it adds a layer of sealant to protect your headlights from future damage.
Consider Getting a Roadside Assistance Program So You’re Never Alone in the Dark
When you’re a member of a high quality roadside assistance program like BG On The Road, you gain a real sense of peace of mind. You don’t have to worry about the “what if’s” if you break down, whether it’s nighttime or the middle of the afternoon—there’s always someone to help you no matter what happens.
BG On The Road provides members with all the services you would expect from a high quality roadside assistance program, including towing, tire changes, lock-out services. Then it offers you a little more, including emergency travel expenses, rental car reimbursements, and even a handy trip routing service. Don’t leave home without it!
Learn More About Staying Safe on the Road With BG Services
Driving at night is generally a pretty safe activity. Millions of Americans do so without incident every year. What isn’t fun is being caught on the side of the road without a plan. We hope that this post has been helpful and informative—and while you’re still in a reading mood, we can’t highly recommend enough these other posts from our blog:
- Pre-Trip Vehicle Checklist – Don’t Leave Home Before Doing This!
- Driving for Christmas? Here’s How to Stay Safe on the Road (A little early, yes, but it’s still worth a read).
If you’d like to learn more about how BG products and services can keep your vehicle on the road longer and in better condition, visit your local BG certified automotive shop. In the meantime, make sure that you’re ready to drive at night or anytime with BG On The Road and please feel free to let us know if you have any questions.