Carrying too many things in your car can increase the weight and therefore the fuel consumption, which will mean a bigger fuel bill. So on one hand it’s wise to keep the amount of stuff you have in your car to a minimum. On the other hand here are a few essential things to keep in your car that you really shouldn’t be without.
Picture this, your car breaks down on an isolated stretch of road. You haven’t seen another car on the road for the last half an hour and the last house you passed was two miles back!
This is the start of the plot for any number of thriller/horror films! But seriously, a torch will always come in handy if you keep one in your car. And make sure it has decent batteries in case it sits there for a long time in between uses.
2. First aid kit
Hopefully you’ll never come across an accident, but if you do it helps to be prepared. Have a first aid kit in your car and know how to use it.
3. Tow rope
Not everyone would be brave enough to tow another car, but having a tow rope can certainly give you options in the event of a breakdown.
4. Jumper leads
These are really cheap and almost guaranteed to come in handy. Even if it’s not your car that breaks down, it’s nice to be able to be the hero that saves the day for someone else by producing a set of these at the right time. Just make sure you know how to use them correctly as incorrect use can be dangerous.
5. A spare tyre
This is a legal requirement so it’s a no brainer really. Again, having a tyre is only useful if you or someone with you knows how to change it. Be prepared to stand on your own two feet and learn how to do it yourself. If you ever get a flat tyre you’ll be very glad you spent the time learning how to do it. And if you’ve got the spare tyre then make sure you’ve got the tools to change it as well of course!
6. Climate essentials
Depending upon your location there are probably some items you should keep to hand. For example if you live in a really cold climate then warm clothing or a blanket is important. On the other hand, if you live in a really hot climate then some spare water may be a good idea in case you breakdown and are stuck in your car for some time.
7. Cell phone (and charger)
Of course you’ll probably always take your phone with you when you drive, but don’t forget your cell phone charger either. As you know, your cell phone is your friend, not only can it provide you with navigation and local information, it can help you make that life saving call to a friend or emergency services. So keep it in the car whenever you are, just don’t use it while you’re actually driving!
Happy and safe driving everyone!