One of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a car is adding your favorite accessories. Below we list some of the most popular car items for both drivers and passengers.
Tire Changing Supplies
Of all the items to put in your car, tire-changing supplies are hands down the most important. You’ll want to assemble a kit that includes WD-40, a spare tire, tire sealant, a jack, a lug wrench, tire pressure gauge, and a tire iron. This kit contains everything you need to change a tire no matter where you are when it goes flat.
Other Emergency Items
If you have ever taken a defensive driving course, then you know that part of the course includes having items in the car for emergencies. There are two items in general that you should never be without jumper cables and an empty gas tank. If you go through life and never have to charge a battery or you run out of gas, then you probably never leave the house either. In addition, you’ll want to carry the following items: first aid kit, water bottles, duct tape, flashlight, a small toolkit, and some reflective triangles.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know; you have a navigational app on your phone or built into your car. But how many times have you driven through an area with one bar or less on your phone? Believe it or not, they still print hard copies of maps. It never hurts to have a Rand McNally Road Atlas under the seat or in the trunk. This is the most dependable and iron-clad method of getting from point A to point B.
During the Winter Season
It’s bad enough when your car breaks down during the summer months. But being stranded on the side of the road can be deadly if you’re not equipped with the right winter-ready gear. Emergency roadside experts such as highway patrol officers, tow companies, and EMT companies recommend that you store the following items in the car between November and March: Mylar blanket, small snow shovel, an extra coat, something to help with wheel traction in the snow, ice scraper, snow brush, some type of fire starter if you’re in the woods, and some water-resistant insulated snowshoes. After all, you just never know.
The Little Extras Never Hurt
Below are some items that never hurt to have around even if you don’t plan on using them. For instance, purchase a reserve phone charger and leave it in the package. Place it in the glove compartment and leave it until you absolutely need it. Another item that valuable is a package of wet wipes for when you spill something in the car. You may also want some paper towels, a notebook and pen, umbrella, small tote bags, and a big thick blanket. No, these are not emergency items, but they can make your driving experience a little easier.
A Roll of Quarters
Payphone, toll bridge, Laundromat, late-night arcade run: You just never know when you’ll need a roll of quarters. If you have room in your car, then grab two or three rolls and place them somewhere where the rest of the family is not likely to find them. There’s nothing worse than needing coins and not being able to find them anywhere.
The Car’s Manual
The original manufacturer manual should be in your car at all times. It provides comprehensive information for a single component large and small. Whether you need to know what type of oil to put in your vehicle or how to change an alternator, your car’s manual will be able to give you a clear direction. If you want to go a little deeper, then we recommend you purchase a Chilton’s or Haynes automobile manual. This will allow performing heavy-duty repair or replacement for your vehicle parts.