For those that work second or third shift, late night commuting is nothing out of the ordinary. While driving at night when the city is asleep can be almost relaxing, it also means that you are alone and without nearby help if something goes wrong. The following are a few safety tips you should implement so you are prepared if there is ever an emergency.
Tip #1: Charge your phone
When nearby businesses are closed and there are no pedestrians about, your cell phone may be the only way you can get help in the event of an accident or breakdown. Make sure your phone is fully charged before heading out to work. Keep in mind that you may not be able to charge the phone off your car battery in the event of a breakdown. It's also important to make sure you choose a cell provider that provides good coverage for your commute area.
Tip #2: Pack flares
A stalled vehicle can be hard to see at night. If a battery failure is the cause of your breakdown, you may not even be able to use your emergency flashers. This is dangerous, since you don't want another driver to crash into you when you are broken down on the road. Emergency flares solve this problem. Make sure to have some in your breakdown kit, along with jumper cables and tire change equipment.
Tip #3: Know a tow company
Tow companies typically run 24 hours, but that doesn't mean one will happen by just when you need them. Research the local 24 hour towing services. Find one that provides coverage and quick service along your commute route at a competitive rate. When comparing tow companies, don't just consider price. Reputation as well as extra services, such as jump starts and tire changes, can be useful when you are commuting after hours.
Tip #4: Stow an emergency kit
If your commute takes you through rural areas or treacherous terrain, keep an emergency kit in your car. The items needed will vary depending on your commute. For example, in areas with blizzards, a blanket is a vital item to have on hand. If you commute through a mountain pass, you may want to have a satellite beacon you can activate if you plunge off the road.
By being prepared you can have a peaceful, safe commute when the streets are dark and quiet.