In a perfect world, life would move forward pleasantly and uneventfully. There would be no sudden disasters or emergencies to deal with. Everything would work out fine there would be no need to worry about anything. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. Not even close. We live in the real world, and the real world likes to throw things at you when you least expect it. You really can’t predict when life’s going to decide to throw a spanner in the works and send everything spinning out of control. Whether it’s a medical emergency, mechanical mishap or home disaster. You know what they say, if something can go wrong then there’s a pretty decent chance that it will go wrong. Hopefully, this doesn’t all sound too doom and gloom! Don’t worry, though, because there are always things that can be done. And the best possible thing that you can do? Well just follow the advice of the Boy Scouts: be prepared! Making sure that you’re thinking about things that might go wrong in advance is the best possible way to be able to deal with them when they happen. If you plan ahead, you’re never going to find yourself panicking with no idea how to handle an emergency when it presents itself. Here are just a few common problems that you’re going to want to be ready for when they happen.


Car catastrophes


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We all rely so heavily on our cars these days we hardly even think about them. We treat them as an extension of ourselves. Think about when you get cut off. You don’t say, “that person’s car just cut in front of my car.” You say, “they cut me off!” Usually followed by some rather colorful language. That makes it that much more distressing and difficult when something happens to your car. Whether you’ve been in a crash or something has simply started to go wrong with your vehicle. Losing access to your car can result in chaos. Obviously, you need to make sure that you’re insured. But a lot of people don’t think much beyond that. Find out if your insurance policy covers a temporary replacement car while yours is out of commission. If not, find out about adding that to your policy. It might not seem like a big deal but avoiding the stress of having no transport can be a lifesaver, especially when you’ve got little ones to cart around. You should also make sure that you’ve got breakdown cover. The very last thing you want is to find yourself stranded on the side of the road, smoke billowing from your engine, with no access to any help. Something as small and straightforward as roadside assistance can make a big difference to your peace of mind when you’re driving.


Teeth troubles


Anyone with small children knows that teeth can be a source of lots of excitement. Wobbly teeth and the prospect of the tooth fairy are all fantastic and make up some treasured childhood memories. But anyone with children will also know that teeth can be a serious cause of stress and worry. Kids are not exactly known for taking the best care of their teeth. No matter how much you poke, prod and pester, there’s a decent chance they’ll put up a fight over brushing them. Make sure that you’re kids are brushing their teeth twice a day and spending the correct length of time on them. Make it a set part of their routine and do things to ensure they’re spending long enough doing it. There are even some toothbrushes that play music for exactly two minutes. That way the kids have to brush from the beginning to the end to make sure they get every tooth. Of course, that’s not the only problem children can end up having with their teeth. Let’s face it; kids are clumsy. There’s no way around it. And kids have an alarming tendency to fall flat on their faces. Most of the time this leads to nothing more than a bump on the head and a few tears. But the last thing you want is for them to end up with a knocked out tooth and not know what to do. Make sure you’re aware of your local dentists, especially ones that are available at all hours. Kids, sadly, don’t always run on a sensible schedule and you could well end up with an emergency during the night.


Household horrors!


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Ideally, your home should be your sanctuary. It should be the place where you feel safe, comfortable and secure. It should be where you can recover from the stress of life and just relax. Unless of course, your home decides to turn on you and something awful happens. There is, unfortunately, no shortage of ways that your home can fall into disaster. From flooding, fire, power outages and more. You don’t want to end up with something going wrong without a plan. Make sure that you have home insurance and that your policy covers any and all eventualities. You should also make sure that the whole family knows exactly what to do in the case of emergency. This will save on a whole lot of panicking and extra stress when the time comes.


These tips may seem simple and obvious, but they can make a real difference. This way, if the worst does happen, then you can deal with it properly, and it won’t feel like the end of the world. With any luck, you’ll never actually need to put these preparations into practice. You could go your entire life and never actually deal with any of these problems. However, that’s no excuse for not being as prepared as possible. After all, if the worst that happens is that you plan for a disaster that never comes, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal doesn’t it?