Whether you’re a man or a woman, young or old, commercial driver or occasional driver, there are some things that you should keep in your car at all times. You won’t use these items every time you drive, but you’ll be happy that they’re on hand when you have a problem.
None of these things are actually very expensive. Most don’t consume much space in your car. There’s no reason to avoid buying these items and keeping them in easy-to-reach places on every trip.
- Fire extinguisher. be sure that the one you select is rated to handle all kinds of fires, especially electrical. You should check the extinguisher on a regular basis to make sure that it still remain charged and ready to use.
- Complete tire-changing aessories. You’ll require a lug wrench, a jack and spare tire. You should also keep a chock on around. Even if you just use a block of wood, you’ll require something to keep your car from rolling if you’re forced to change a tire on an incline.
Tip: Check the air pressure in your spare tire when you check out the other four tires too. Many people have flats that can’t be changed because their spare tires had slowly lost air over the months and years.
- Road flares or reflective triangles. If you break down on a curve or other dangerous spot, you will need to warn other drivers before they drive into your car.
- Flashlights are necessary even during daylight hours. You never know when you’ll need to check something under the car – where the sun doesn’t reach. If you’re thinking about breaking down in the rain, invest in a waterproof flashlight or battery-powered torch. You should also be sure that you keep fresh batteries close by at all times: you want the beam to be as bright as possible.
- Empty fuel can. You should never keep full gas cans in your car. Instead, store a brand new can in the trunk. Even a one-litter gallon can help you get enough fuel to reach the next gas station.
- Basic first-aid kit. You should have bandages, tweezers, over-the-counter painkillers and some antibiotic ointments. You can also include gauze and heat packs. Remember to update this kit as medicines and other items expire.
- If you live in an area that snows, you should have a compact shovel in your trunk. This will help you dig out if you’re stuck. There are camping-style shovels at most sporting-goods stores.
- A jump-starting kit in their trunks. This standalone device jumps a dead battery without the use of another car. This is however a more expensive investment than the other items on the list. However, many people find this safer and faster than waiting for a stranger to stop and offer assistance.
- A cell phone. Even if you don’t need to call your auto club for help, you’ll still feel better knowing that you have a way to reach people you know.