Essential Items to always have in your car

Essential items to always have in your car

Whether you commute to work on a daily basis or use your car to run errands around town, there are a few essentials that you should always keep inside. These items can suddenly become needed when you least expect them, so stocking up with the right stuff can really benefit you in the long run.

Take a look at our list of some of the most essential items that you should always keep in your car.

A first aid kit

In the event that someone gets injured whilst you are on the road, it is a good idea to have a first aid kit in the car to help manage the situation quickly. A small first aid kit for motorists should be sufficient as if the injury is quite substantial, then it’s best to go to a hospital.

You can keep items such as plasters, a Swiss army knife, and some bandages inside. It may also be a good idea to keep a few bottles of water and some energy bars inside too in case you get stuck in traffic, or your car breaks down and you are waiting for help to arrive.

A spare tire and kit

Although car wheels are tough and durable, they could also get punctured at any time. Running over a sharp or broken object can easily make a hold in the tire which makes it begin to deflate. In the event that this does happen, it is very dangerous to continue driving. You must make sure to pull over and get it fixed before you continue. That’s why it is essential to keep a spare tire, and a trolley jack, in your car at all times.

A trolley jack is used to lift vehicles easily and safely so that the underside of the car can be accessed, or to make changing a tire much easier. They work on hydraulics to raise the car securely and then lower it carefully to avoid damaging it. Most trolley jacks have wheels and are easily portable, so you can keep a small one in the boot of your car alongside the tire, without it taking up too much room.

Jumper cables 

A dead car battery always happens unexpectedly. Keeping a pair of jumper cables, along with an emergency battery booster, increases your chances of being back on the road in no time.

These can also come in handy if you spot another road user whose car battery has died. It is important to note that you should learn how to use jump start cables before actually revving a dead battery in order to avoid any damage to your car or the vehicle they have been hooked up to.  

An ice scraper

In those cold winter months, nothing can be more frustrating than trying to melt the layer of ice that has accumulated on your car. This process can also be time-consuming which may make you late for work or school.

By keeping an ice scraper in the door of your car, you can use it to quickly remove any ice or snow, so you are able to get back on the road faster. An ice scraper also provides a safe way of removing frost build-up without damaging your car’s paintwork or chipping the windscreen.

Convivence items

Alongside all the essential safety items, there are also some convenience items that you should always keep in your car. These days we rely on our phones for everything, including maps to guide us whilst we are driving. That’s why keeping a mobile phone charger in your car can help you to keep it charged whilst it’s in use on long journeys. It can also revive your phone battery if you need to call the emergency services and your phone is dead.

You may also find it handy to keep extra reusable shopping bags, an umbrella, and some hand sanitiser which may come in useful on a daily basis. 

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