5 Safety Tools Your Should Never Drive Without

Most vehicles come with jumper cables for your battery and tools needed to change a spare tire. While you want to ensure that these are in the car, you also want to add a few things to keeping safe in case of an emergency or an accident. Many items can be added to make an emergency kit to keep in your vehicle. To get you started below is a list of five safety tools to keep in your vehicle: 

  • Car Escape Tool:  This small gadget has a blade designed to cut through seatbelts as well as a pointed tip end that will break through a car window. Carry this in the front of your car that is out of the way of everyday use but still within arms reach if you are in an accident.
  • Flashlight and Extra Batteries:  Whether you have to change a tire at night or look around at the area you may find yourself stranded in, having light is extremely helpful.
  • Bottled Water and Snacks:  If stranded, water and snacks such as trail mix, peanuts or granola bars can help retain your energy.
  • Duct Tape:  Duct tape can hold items, patch holes and serve as a skin bandage.  It’s small and compact but can serve a multitude of purposes.
  • Towels:  Towels can act as a blanket if cold, can be used for drying off if out in the rain and can serve as a traction device to put under a tire if stuck.

If you have had an accident or want to ensure that you have the level of vehicle insurance coverage that you need, call your Henderson Insurance Agency representative, serving Harrisburg, to get a quote and discuss the best coverage plans for your car.


How to Take Care of Your Friends Car?

So your friend has been kind enough to let you borrow their vehicle for a time. You need to treat the vehicle with respect and make sure you give it back in the same, if not better condition than when you first borrowed it. At Henderson Insurance Agency, we understand the importance of both taking care of your car and of friendship. It is why we want to make sure you take care of you friend’s car in Harrisburg or anywhere else you might be. 

Food and Drink

Make sure to ask your friend if this is alright. Some people simply don’t like food and beverages inside of the vehicle. If they are alright with it, make sure to clean it up and toss out the trash when you’re done. You should probably avoid anything messy to cut out the chance of spilling. 


Ask what kind of fuel your friend’s vehicle uses. Chances are, it is unleaded, although there are some other kinds of gas out there. A few do require diesel while a higher performance vehicle might require a premium fuel with higher octane level. Always return the vehicle back with a full tank of gas. There is nothing worse than climbing back into the vehicle, only to find the gas tank is empty. 

Wash the Car

A car wash is pretty quick and easy. You can run through an automatic car wash for a few bucks and it helps bring out the shine. It also shows you appreciate using the vehicle. It only takes a few minutes of your time and a few dollars out of your pocket, but it is greatly appreciated by your friend. It also will make it more likely they let you borrow the vehicle in the future.