Before getting on the road, make sure you’re prepared for the worst by having the proper equipment stored in your car. The following list goes over items every driver should have in their vehicle:
Tire Changing Supplies
The first thing on our list is actually a collection of items – a spare tire, tire iron, and tire jack. If you’ve got these essentials on hand, then you’ve got everything you need to change a flat tire.
A dead battery is one of the most common vehicle issues, so jumper cables are a must-have for any driver. Whether you accidentally left your lights on, or cold weather completely drained your battery, jumper cables will bring your car back to life with the help of another driver and vehicle.
A first-aid kit is one of the most basic items everyone should have in their car for minor wounds. Make sure that it’s stocked with essential items like bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, and nonlatex gloves.
Car manuals are often stuffed in the glove compartment, never to be looked at again. However, they contain a treasure trove of vital information about your vehicle. You never know when it might come in handy, so never remove the owner’s manual from your car.
Car Repair Information
In addition to the car manual, a business card for your auto repair shop and car insurance forms should be stored in your glove compartment. Always have emergency contact numbers handy, most importantly your insurance company and the local police.
Keeping a flashlight in your car year-round is a good idea, but with less daylight during the winter, it can be especially useful. Sure, your smartphone has a flashlight app on it, but it’s not as useful as a real one. Whether you’re changing a tire or jumping your car’s battery, you want something that shines bright.
Tire Pressure Gauge
Checking tire pressure on a regular basis is a great habit to get into. Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage, promote tire longevity, provide better traction, and even save lives. Tire pressure gauges are small, affordable, and can give you peace of mind when heading out on a long drive.
High Visibility Vest
If your car stalls or breaks down, you’ll need to get out of the vehicle to check on things. A high visibility vest will help ensure that you’re visible to other drivers on the road. You can also put out reflective warning triangles so traffic knows that there’s a problem up ahead.
These are just a few suggestions for what to have in your car. It’s important to keep in mind that your needs might vary depending on weather conditions. Top Driver’s safe driving tips for driving during the winter goes over some other supplies to have on hand this season.