Forgetting something important when you leave the house is just as common as it is annoying. Even worse is not being prepared for an unforeseen hazard you didn’t realize you even needed to be prepared for.
It’s always good to be as prepared as possible for anything that can go awry with your vehicle. Even if your car has never suffered a popped tire, it can still happen at any time. To help you prepare for situations like this, we’ve put together this list of 11 incredibly useful things to keep inside your car.
Most importantly, you need all of the legal paperwork required for you to be operating the vehicle you’re at the helm of. This includes proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and a driver’s license.
Tire Repair Essentials
It’s important to always have the necessary tools for repairing a damaged car tire. These tools include a jack (as well as a sturdy, flat board to keep it steady), wheel chocks, a lug wrench, tire iron, tire inflater & sealant, WD-40 and a spare tire. You should also study and practice how to repair or replace a tire if you don’t know how to already.
An unexpected case of bad weather is always a pain in the neck. Especially if you didn’t bring your umbrella with you. Invest in a small umbrella that you can easily keep in your car at all times to avoid dealing with the inconvenience of treading through rain or snowfall.
Flashlight w/ batteries
This may be one of the single most useful things to keep inside your car. Vehicle problems don’t just occur during the day. If something goes wrong at night and you don’t have access to light via your cellphone, then having a flashlight with fresh batteries in it can be a godsend.
In the unfortunate case that you run out of gas while on the road, a gas can will come in handy. You can bring this to the nearest gas station, fill it up like you would your car, and then fuel up your vehicle.
USB Charger (Multi-Port)
Having a USB charger in your car can come in handy whenever you need certain devices charged, from GPS devices to phones to tablets and more. Having a USB charger with multiple ports is particularly nifty.
First Aid Kit
Whether it’s a minor scrape or nasty nosebleed, having a first aid kit is essential for any vehicle. Having additional supplies such as medicine for headaches or motion sickness can be useful as well.
It may not be the most common thing you find in someone’s car but having this could potentially save your life. With an effective safety vest, you’ll be able to stand out visually while doing any work on the side of the road. This doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t be very aware of the traffic situation around you at all times but it is a great added layer of awareness for others.
Having apps on our phones for maps and directions is awesome but there is any number of things that can happen to these devices. Your phone breaks, or it loses power, or the app is on the fritz, or maybe you can’t get a good signal. Any number of unforeseen events can happen, so it’s a great idea to have paper maps in your car at all times. Just in case.
If your car breaks down and you’re in need of extra warmth, having a blanket in the car will be very nifty. Especially at night or in the winter. In the unfortunate case that you have to spend the night in your car, having a blanket is better than using your hoodie as a makeshift blanket.
Ice Scraper/Snow Brush
Obviously, this is only useful in areas with consistent snowfall or during the winter season. However, it’s still an important tool to have in your car just in case it slips your mind when the time comes for you to use it. Like many of the objects on this list, this is very useful but easy to forget about.
By following this guide to useful things to keep inside your car, you won’t be caught off-guard by a number of unexpected road hazards ever again. Would you like additional information about car maintenance or insurance?
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