Most of us jump into our cars, aware of the most important items to take with, namely your valid drivers licence, cell phone and wallet. There are, however, a number of other essentials that you should always keep in your car to make an unexpected turn of events, a little easier to manage and help ensure your future safety:
- Car jumper cables
Jumper cables are a must-have item, due to the simple fact that a powerless battery is one of the most common car challenges on the road. Often, you won’t be given any warning that it is time to replace the battery, or you could mistakingly leave your lights on for a long period of time, draining the power from the car battery. Keeping a set of jumper cables in your car can ensure that you get back on the road in no time without having to wait for roadside assistance. The average car battery life ranges between three to five years.
- First aid kit
A first aid kit is not something that most drivers will use very often, but it’s one of the most basic items that should be kept in a vehicle at all times. Your first aid kid should contain a few basic items such as plasters, wound cleaner, gauze, bandage and nonlatex gloves.
- Triangle reflector
Your car can break down, or you may be helping a friend with their car, stuck on the road. Give other drivers on the road early warning by placing the triangle reflector a few metres behind the broken down car. That way preventing potential harm and informing drivers on the road to slow down when approaching the scene.
- Cell phone charger
This can be a life saver if you need to make an urgent call and your cell phone battery has got little to no power.
Car troubles can quickly become infinitely more complex in the dark. Instead of trying to use your cell phone light to change your car’s tyre or to jump start your car in the dark, invest in a flashlight that is kept in your car.