Whether it’s on your morning commute, going on a road trip, or just visiting a friend, having a car is a tremendous convenience.
However, you never know when something might happen that will cause an emergency for you and your passengers. Because of that, you want to make sure that you have everything you need in the car if that were to happen.
The only way to ensure that is by keeping certain items in your car all day every day.
Here are several things that you should keep in your car at all times. Doing so can save you in the case of an emergency.
As all Illinois residents are aware, the winters can be brutally cold. All it takes is one serious snowstorm on your way home from work to cause a situation you weren’t expecting.
For example, you might slip off of the road and need to wait for a tow truck to come and help you out.
Even worse, your car battery might die, leaving you with no way to provide heat for yourself while you wait for roadside assistance.
In that scenario, if your body were to get too cold, it could be fatal. A human body generally starts to fail after dropping below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
That’s why it’s always best to leave a blanket in your car, even in the summer months. Make sure to leave a couple of blankets in case you have passengers as well.
2. Auto Shop Contact Information
While this might not necessarily be something you keep in your car, it’s always important to have on you.
In fact, you might want to keep the contact information of your trusted auto shop in the car just in case your car won’t start and your phone’s battery is dead.
Having the contact information of your auto shop allows you to reach a solution to your car issues as soon as possible. Even if they don’t tow, you can have the tow truck take it there to be fixed first thing in the morning.
Having their phone number will allow you to stay in contact with them throughout the entire process.
You can also call them for advice if your car has stopped and you aren’t sure what to do next. In short, it’s always a good idea to have their phone number on standby.
3. First Aid Kit
This item can be kept in your car for big emergencies as well as small little mishaps, whatever they’re called for.
Those of you with children know how quickly the need for a band-aid (or Tylenol for yourself) can arise. For that reason, it’s always smart to have a first aid kit in the car.
But what should you keep in the first aid kit itself? Generally, you should try to have several sizes of band-aids, cotton swabs, allergy medicine, a flashlight, and some form of antibacterial ointment.
Those items should help you be prepared for (almost) any situation that might come up. It can also be helpful to have for your family vacations or road trips.
Hopefully, you’ll never have to use it. But, if you do, then you will have a first aid kit ready to go.
4. Spare Tire
Many American drivers make the mistake of assuming that their car has a spare tire in it, without ever actually looking.
The car that you have, whether you purchased it new or used, might not have a spare inside. Even if it does, the proper tools needed to change the tire out might be missing.
For that reason, take the time to open your car’s trunk and check to make sure you have a spare tire, tire iron, and a jack. If not, then invest in those items right away.
If you don’t have a spare tire your auto shop can help you determine what size you need and order it for you if they don’t have it on-hand.
5. Spare Clothes
Hopefully you’ll never have to change a tire on the side of a road. But if you do, you should also hope that you don’t have to do so in the rain. Talk about a miserable experience!
Rain or shine, if you need to change a tire to get back on the road, it would be wise to have spare clothes in the car. These can be clothes you care nothing about, but they will be clean and dry, making the rest of your trip more comfortable.
6. Jumper Cables
To round this list out, are the seldom used but very important jumper cables. Even if you maintain your battery properly, a battery can die unexpectedly. You might accidentally leave your lights on, be away from home on a very cold morning, or your alternator could fail to recharge it properly while you are driving.
And sometimes it is another driver who has an unexpected dead battery. If you have jumper cables in your car you will be able to stop and help rather than driving by, wishing you could help.
So, buy a set of jumper cables to keep in your car, and if you don’t already know how to do so, learn how to jump-start a car.
Always Keep These Items in Your Car
Now that you know which items are important to keep in your car, be sure to gear up and store them in your vehicle as soon as possible.
Next time you take your vehicle in for a tune-up, ask your mechanic if there is anything else they would recommend that you keep in your car.