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Top 10 Things to Have in Your Car
Stay Safe in Your Car
It's a jungle out there. When you are out driving around there are certain things to have in your car at all times. Well, at least most of the time. If you want to play it safe, here are the top 10 things to have in your car so you won't be caught off guard.
Stay safe, and grab these supplies for your car now. You will be safer for it.
Name Something You Should Keep in the Trunk of Your Car Just in Case
When asked to quickly think of this question, many people will list a few items off the top of their head and come up with much the same list, but going a bit deeper into the list can really pay off when an item is really needed.
It's a good idea not only to ponder the list below, but actually to take action and get some of these items in your car now. When the time comes, you will be glad you did.
The Top 10 List of Car Things
Here is the list of things that you should consider carrying in your car just in case.
First of all, before you have an issue with your tire you should be checking them regularly. Not only will that improve your mileage, but having properly inflated tires will extend the life of your tires and save you money. A tire gauge is such a cheap thing to buy that you should not be without one. Opt for a digital gauge for easy readout, throw it in the glove compartment, and you're set.
You may never want to use it, but if you are in an out of the way spot at the moment you have a flat this might be your only hope to reach civilization again without jumping in the car of a stranger.
You could opt for the aerosol cans that will add air to your tire but beware, they may cause permanent damage. For a slow leak or low spare a manual tire pump will be your new best friend.
If you do have to change a tire on the road, it's funny how often it will be at night. if you are in the city that is one thing, but if you are in the country at the time it could be very dark. Not only that, it's pretty important that you get your car's jack in the right spot on your car frame to avoid injury.
Any flashlight will do, but there are LED flashlights that run on the same battery for a long time as well as flashlights that do not need a batty at all. Just make sure you can leave the flashlight on without pressing a button constantly or you will not be able to change a tire in the light.
Being parked on the side of a highway can be very dangerous. If you are in a spot with lots of traffic a road flare will be a huge safety feature for you to have. A flare is the best way to slow down traffic and make sure that everyone sees you.
It's stressful enough to change the tire. You don't need to be hit by a car at the same time.
If you might get stuck in the snow and ice, an old carpet remnant can really make a difference. Once you get your tires moving in an icy snow it will compact quickly and you'll be stuck. Putting a carpet remnant between your tire and the snow might be just the traction you need to get back on the road.
It's easy to throw in the trunk and it will be there when you need it.
Hat & Gloves
Keep an extra hat and gloves in the car for those unexpected stops in the cold. You may never want these in the car, but if you have to get out to check out the car in a cold wind chill you will be very happy you have them.
Not only that, if you need to wait for a while in the cold for help and your car is not running, the cold can work its way into the car quickly. Keeping your head and hands warm is the best way to stay safe in the frigid temperatures.
Speaking of keeping warm, a spare blanket is the next best thing you can have after a good coat if you are stuck out in nature waiting for a tow. Keep a blanket around just in case.
If you live in a place where there is snow you are bound to need a shovel sooner or later. Whether you got stuck in the snow or you came out from work and your car was surrounded by a drift, a shovel is the best way to clear snow from under or around your car so that you can make it to the plowed surface.
You don't need anything great. Just a cheap plastic model that is light and will serve you if you need it will do. Just keep it in the trunk until spring.
Do you want to save a bunch of money the next time your car won't start. Invest in a good set of jumper cables and keep them in your trunk at all times. Many times your car won't start, especially on a cold winter day, it's because your battery needs a boost.
Jumper cables are easy enough to use that you can do it. All you need is another person with a car and you can get you engine started. You may even be a hero for someone else someday when they need a jumpstart.
This one may seem obvious, but the best safety feature in a car might just be a cell phone. Having an easy way to call for help if you need it is a good idea, especially if you are on a remote road or in unknown territory.
If you don't want to spend a lot, consider a talk as you go phone where you prepay the minutes. You can get this for as little as $5 per month and just throw it in the glove compartment so it's there for you. Just remember to keep the phone charged from time to time.
Stay safe out there. Keep these top 10 things to have in your car right in the vehicle or trunk so they are there when you need them.