1: Road Flares
This entry should come without question if you are on a dark roadway and happen to break down. Road flares are useful to have and can mean the difference between a driver seeing you or not. A Reddit user told a story of how using flares could have prevented a mess. “I had a former boss who whiteness a huge pile-up while helping a stalled vehicle. A stalled vehicle just on the downward start of a hill in the snow. Once people could see the car it was too late they would slide. Somehow he managed to avoid it, pulled over, and was going to help the person get their car off the road. After a few minutes, another car came along and bam, right into the other car.
“Then a few minutes later another. He said before any emergency vehicles could show up 5 or 6 cars were involved in the wreck. He didn’t mention injuries, but I would imagine there had to be some at-least minor ones. And he said the next day he went out and got road flares. He swears if they had had some and put them near the top of the hill they could have avoided the fist could wreck and had enough time to clear the road. He also now buys flares for every new employee he hires. And has a page in their orientation book about emergency vehicle supplies people should have. So the situation had a huge impact on him.” Road flares are easy to come by and there are now LED models that you don’t even have to light.