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Roadside Emergency Preparedness an essential for every driver

“The first rule is to call a professional if you can. This course is designed to get you out of a jam safely and to give you pertinent information so that you may minimize damage to your vehicle and self.”

Cars have changed. The time that you could just get out of your car in an emergency and figure it out is no longer feasible or safe. Call Charley Roadside Assistance is the DC areas preferred roadside assistance provider for every major insurance and motor club that operate in the tri state area. The clients will have our lead tech–trainer give you his special attention to you and your specific vehicle. This course is designed for those that are not handy with tools or car smart. We will meet in a parking lot and our instructors will go over basic skills to get you back on the road in an extreme emergency while keeping safe. Our experienced instructor will inform and address the customers of idiosyncratic issues with their vehicle that are potential problems.  We will hands-on teach you how to do this on your specific vehicle so that there is nothing missed. We will inspect your Roadside Emergency kit to make sure that you have the tools that you need. We prepare a list of missing essentials.

Tire Changes: “Are difficult and dangerous”.

The equipment supplied with the vehicle is cumbersome, flimsy and cheap. Each vehicle is equipped specific jack and they all operate differently. The safety aspects to raising a 5000 lb. vehicle are huge and must be evaluated at the time and circumstance of disablement. Most people have never changed a tire on their personal vehicle, an emergency situation is not the time to learn or experiment. 95% of unsuccessful tire service calls are due to the client not having their proprietary wheel lock key.  We will have the client access the spare (most people with SUV’s do not know where the special tool needed to lower spare tire without these tools your car would be towed for a flat tire), loosen lugs and jack up their car with our assistance. This will serve two purposes: to teach how to safely achieve the task and to inspect the tools that you have to get this done. There are times we will recommend that you purchase another jack or lug wrench.

Jumpstarts: “Looks easy but things can go drastically wrong”

We will locate battery or jump points and instruct on how, when and where to apply power. Locating the battery is important because the manufacturers are placing them in different parts of the vehicle; there is also jump point to be considered. The wrong connection could cause wiring and electrical issues that will surely be costly, avoid this at all cost. We will also go over how, when and where to jump start your personal vehicle.

Fueling: “I think the car is out of gas??!!”

 We will go over fueling safety, symptoms and funneling. The caps less fuel tanks require a special funnel. We will make sure that you have right tools to get you back on the road.

Lock Outs:  “What the!!!!”

Call up Charley. We will go over the do’s and do not’s in this type of emergency. We will give you info on your specific vehicle that will give you information that will be of use. Municipal worker will attempt to open your vehicle free of charge but without the proper training, experience and equipment this free lock out will cost you hundreds of dollars in damage to you vehicles door. .

**The course will be priced @ $99.00 per class.  A check list will be supplied; we will evaluate your personal vehicle emergency preparedness**


Kit Check list:

We all live in metropolitan areas and at most times close to help. I have taken a common sense approach to this kit. There will be no doomsday items.

Flashlight, Bottled Water, Disinfectant wipes, Band Aids,   Benadryl, and old blanket

Jack, lug wrench, wheel chock,

Funnel and empty 1 gallon gas can


When preparing your car it is wise to remember to make preparations also for your family. An emergency car kit is crucial for breakdowns and unusual weather conditions. It is always good to keep essential supplies in your car in case you get stranded for a few hours or even a few days. What should I keep in my auto emergency kit? First, you want to make sure you have the basic essentials such as water, food, and warmth. After these basics are included, then you can add other necessities such as an emergency light, first aid items, tools and other accessories. Water: Drinkable water is of utmost importance. We take the abundance of water for granted when things are normal, but in an emergency it becomes critical. Water is also useful for washing wounds and for sanitation. Water can also be helpful if your car overheats. Because of the limited space in automobiles, storing water must be in small packages. Water is available in small drink boxes (8.45 oz.), in pouches (4.2 oz.) or a Deluxe Sanitation water kit and food.


 You may have plenty of food and water, but if you’re cold you’ll feel miserable. Especially in the winter, warmth is a must for an emergency car kit. If you get stranded on a desolate road or stuck in a snowstorm, you will be glad you have a source of warmth in your car. There are several options: 6 to 20 hour warm packs, wool blankets, emergency bags, and emergency blankets. Also, for shelter from the rain, include a poncho or other rain gear Warm packs are nice for quick, concentrated heat. You can put them in your pockets, shoes and gloves to stay warm.


It’s important to always keep a flashlight in your emergency car kit. It comes in handy for all types of circumstances. Be sure to keep charged batteries in the flashlight so you aren’t left in the dark. The Innovative LED Lights have a much higher battery life than conventional flashlights and are essential for emergency car kits. Other lights that could be useful in your auto emergency kit are light sticks, emergency candles with a wide base and waterproof matches. Light sticks last for 12 hours and are safe for children. They are visible up to one mile away, and they are non-toxic and non-flammable.

First Aid Items:

 If injury occurs, every second counts because help may be hours or days away. A first aid kit allows you to assist with injuries until help arrives. Keep items such as pain relievers, sterile pads, alcohol prep pads, bandages, soap, gauze pads, and microspore tape. You may also want to include tissues, toilet paper, safety pins and ace bandages. All of these items will come in handy when you are in need of first aid on the road.


A multi-purpose knife provides many different tools for you to work with in a time of need. A basic tool kit and a roll of duct tape are also good items to keep in your car. Other Accessories: Road flares may also be useful in your auto emergency kit, but they should only be used for a warning signal, and should NEVER be used for light. Once a road flare has been lit, make sure you set it on a non-flammable surface. The by-product from its fire drips to the ground and may cause a fire if it lands on flammable material such as grass or if there is a gas leak. Be careful because the fumes are extremely nauseous and must be used only in a well-ventilated area. There are several kinds of pre-packaged emergency car kits available on the market, or you can customize your own. If you are purchasing a prepackaged kit remember that you may need to customize your kit according to your needs (medications, glasses, etc.) Keep your kit in a compact case so it fits easily in your trunk or under a seat. As you are preparing for the unknown, don’t forget to prepare your car with an emergency car kit. When that snowstorm causes you to be stranded from home, or if you get a flat tire or your auto overheats far from any town, you will be grateful you took the time to think ahead. The more conveniences you include, the better your situation will be.

**The course will be priced @ $99.00 per class.  A check list will be supplied; we will evaluate your personal vehicle emergency preparedness**