No matter how careful you are on the road, you never know when you are going to break down or have an accident. It’s important to be ready for any scenario that you might come across, and excellent driving skills is only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve put together this list of five things that everyone should have in their car. There are times for saving money on cars, but this isn’t one of them – make sure you have everything in place.
Spare Tyre & Repair Kit
You just don’t know when you are going to need a spare tyre, so make sure you have one in the car. And, of course, a kit to change it. Head down to your local tyre fitters and get equipped with the proper tyres, and ask them for their advice. Most will happily show you how to change it. It’s much easier than you think, and anyone can do it. All you need is a jack and socket wrench and you should be ready to go within minutes of a puncture.
First Aid Kit
Do you have a first aid kit in your car? Again, you never know when you might need it. Of course, a first aid kit isn’t going to be much use for you if you have a severe accident. But, for minor injuries it might make the difference between a long wait for an ambulance and loss of blood, to a quick patch up job. There will be other times when it comes in handy, too. For walks in the countryside, as an example, or if you see someone having trouble while you are out for a Sunday drive.
With the weather in this country as unpredictable as ever, every car should have a pair of sunglasses in the glove box. All it takes is a little rain and a break in the clouds, and it can turn you almost blind on the roads. And, of course, that is when accidents are most likely to happen. You also need to take care around sunrise and sunset. A sharp turn in the road could mean the sun is directly in your face, and the only way around it is to don the shades.
Cars don’t understand the difference between night and day, and won’t take it into account when they break down. You don’t want to be left stranded in the middle of the night on a dark country road without light. So, make sure you have a good torch to use in emergencies. Your torch will also act as a warning sign to other drivers who are coming down the road. So, make sure you have one, and also keep spare batteries with it.
An up-to-date map
We’re more reliant than ever on technology to guide us where we want to be. But, let’s be honest, it doesn’t always get us there and technology is never infallible. Your battery could go at a moment’s notice, or your map software could decide to go crazy. Either way, you’re going to get lost. So, make sure you have an up-to-date map in the car with you at all times. Sometimes, the old ways really are the best.