Three Things to Consider When Shopping for Road Flares

Keep yourself and your family safe during a roadside emergency with these essential products

Whether stranded on a desolate stretch of country road or broken down on the side of an eight-lane highway, a roadside emergency can be a harrowing ordeal. But it happens to all of us eventually, and usually without warning. As with any emergency situation, it’s important to be prepared so that you are able to escape the ordeal as safely as possible.

Light Source

This LED beacon runs on 3 AAA batteries and is dust and water resistant. Garage Monkey Engineering

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In recent years, the light-emitting diode (LED)—with its superior durability, longevity, and energy efficiency—has replaced other long-used light sources in a number of areas, roadside signaling among them. While not always as visible during bright daylight as fuse-style flares, LED beacons are simple to use and typically have several brightness settings.

The Extras

These strobing flares come with magnetic bases that help you stand them upright quickly on uneven terrain. Amazon

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Some roadside signaling products come with additional emergency equipment, like a seatbelt cutter, glass breaker, or space blanket. Be sure to consider the overall value of the product you are considering before you click “BUY.”

Analog Option

Weighted bases keep these triangle reflectors from blowing over in a strong wind or when other vehicles pass by. Cartman

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With roadside triangle reflectors, you don’t have to worry about batteries running out of juice, light sources becoming compromised, or an incendiary flare dying before help arrives. If you go this route, however, be sure to choose a product with DOT certification to ensure that the reflective surfaces meet the department’s standards.