9 Things You Should Keep in Your Car

Regardless of the vehicle you’re driving, it is always a good idea to have some emergency tools  handy in case your car breaks down. Nobody can tell when and where you will encounter trouble. You won’t be able to tell when the battery is running out, when you’re going to have a flat tire or get stuck in the snow. Because we can’t predict the events that occur on the road, it is best to always have the right tools in your car. From the ones that can help you clean up a mess, to basic tools to fix a malfunction, here are some of the most important things you should keep in your car.

Jumper cables

You’ll never know when your battery will die on you. Be sure to pack jumper cables and be familiar with how they’re used. It’s also best to have basic knowledge when it comes to your engine so you can give your battery a boost whenever needed.

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Spare tire

A flat tire is one of the most common issues many car owners encounter. Have a spare tire in your trunk with a tire jack and tire iron. Also, be familiar with the steps involved in changing a flat tire. Make sure you also have a special security key if your wheels require it.

Car manual

Your car’s manual is your best friend when you encounter unfamiliar issues with your car. Be sure to have it in your glove compartment if it isn’t there already.

Tire traction mat

Tire traction mats are extremely useful during icy conditions or when you’re stuck in a sticky situation. These mats have anti-slip spikes that can help you get out of snow or sticky ground. Both sides of the mat have traction spikes to get a good grip on both the ground and your tires. By having a traction mat handy, you won’t have to call a tow truck to save you when you get stuck in snow or ice.

Jack and lug wrench

What good is a properly aired spare tire if you don’t have a jack and lug wrench? You need these tools to remove lug nuts or to jack the car up when replacing a tire. Be sure to always have these things in your trunk.

Blanket

A blanket can be a lifesaver in many different instances. Aside from keeping you warm when your car breaks down during winter, it can also keep you clean when you need to get underneath your car to check on something. It can also be used for your tools when you need to change out a tire. It won’t take up much space in your vehicle and you’ll never know when you’ll need one so bring a blanket in all instances.

Tire pressure gauge

A tire pressure gauge is another important tool car owners need to have with them. Checking the tire pressure can benefit you in more ways than one. Not only will it help you avoid accidents, but it can also increase fuel economy, improve handling and boost tire longevity.

Emergency bag

If you don’t have an emergency bag or kit set up yet, now is the best time to set it up and pack it in your car. It should include a first aid kit, a flashlight, water bottles, matches or other fire starters. Also, don’t forget to bring energy bars or any food for when you need to wait for help or rescue.

Other miscellaneous stuff

To ensure comfort and convenience on the road, you might want to keep some basic stuff around, such as paper towels, a pen, umbrella, extra pieces of clothing, reusable shopping bags and a USB charger.

 

We will never know when emergencies can happen. No one can predict when unforeseen events will take place. That’s why it’s always best to be prepared. Use this guide to help you get the tools you need ready in your trunk and be prepared for unexpected situations.

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