10 Things You Should Always Have In Your Car

Many people spend a lot of time in their cars, and most take very good care of them. However, you can never tell when an emergency will come up. You could get a flat tire, have something go wrong under the hood, or run out of petrol, and no help in sight. You might get lost, or you get hurt. These are things that could happen, but in the daily commute, you don’t really expect them to happen to you. That may indeed be the case, but it is best to be prepared. It can’t hurt, after all, and it shouldn’t take up too much space. Here are 10 things you should always have in your car.

  1. Emergency warning triangle reflectors – If you have a breakdown, you want to be sure that other vehicles can see you from a long distance away. This is especially important if it is nighttime, or you can’t get to the side of the road.

  2. High visibility bibs – if you are changing a tire or trying to flag down help, fast moving cars may not see you. If they can see you, they won’t hit you.

  3. Emergency contacts– Always have a list of emergency services and contact information at hand. This includes a towing service, insurance company, and medical assistance.

  4. Spare fuses and bulbs – These are inexpensive, and you will need them for some on-the road troubleshooting.

  5. Usable spare tire – Most vehicles will have this, but few people actually check if their spare tire is going to be serviceable when the time comes. Check it regularly to make sure it is in good condition.

  6. Jack and tire wrench– These go together. You can’t change a tire without it.

  7. Road map – Most people have a GPS or satellite navigation system, but you want to have a backup in case you can’t get a signal or it breaks down on you. A good road map will come in handy.

  8. First-aid kit – You can get one ready-made, or you can make your own. It should contain the basic essential. Here’s a list.

  9. Water – Always have a full liter of drinking water in your car, preferably sealed so it will not evaporate in the heat and stay fresh. You can drink it or use it to top up a leaking radiator. It might be enough to allow you to get to the nearest fueling station.

  10. Flashlight – A powerful flashlight can help you do repairs or signal for help. It can also light your way and make you feel better if you have to walk back in the dark to get petrol or help. Keep one of the batteries turned around to prevent leakage, and test it regularly if it works.

Other handy items you should have in the car are an umbrella or raincoat, loose change for toll fees, a couple of protein bars, jumper cables, and spare clothing. These are non-essential, but it would be good to have them all the same. It would not be a good idea to store spare petrol in the car, however, even in an approved container. It can cause a fire in case of an accident. It would be good to have an empty one, though.

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