Essential Car Must-Haves: Stay Prepared for Anything!
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Having a well-equipped car can make a big difference in both convenience and safety while on the road. That said, there are a few essential items that every driver should have on hand in case of emergencies or unexpected situations.
One Redditor said, “A small fire extinguisher, and one of those things for breaking windows in case of an accident and the doors don’t open.”
Road Side Emergency Kit
This Redditor said, in Germany, it is required to have a first aid kit, reflective triangles, and reflective vests in every car.”
A user also mentioned, “Some kind of disposable paper like a napkin, kleenex, baby wipes, even an old shop towel. Nothing worse than needing to blow your nose in your car and you have nothing at all to use.”
A Dash Cam
This Redditor said, “Seriously, a dashcam.”
To Which another Redditor responded, “True. Half of having insurance is.. proof.”
A user added, “A portable jump starter battery. Those things are amazing! They hold a charge for months in blazing hot or freezing cold temps. They are the size of a brick. And best of all, since they attach to the dead battery directly, they also have USB plugs to charge a phone or tablet.”
A Redditor said, A Flashlight. They are cheap, can be stored for years, and take up little space. It’s better to have one and not need it than need one and not have it.”
This user shared, “A portable tire inflator. Use it to check/top up my tires before every road trip, just in case. You can do it at almost any gas station, but for 30 bucks, it’s a great piece of mind!”
A Redditor mentioned, “A blanket. The shock from a traumatic injury can cause a sharp drop in body temperature.”
One Redditor said, “Emergency cash, I keep $40 USD hidden in my glove compartment.”
To which a second Redditor replied, “If you’re going on a road trip, stash enough cash to pay for gas to get back. If you lose your wallet, you can still get home!”
This user added, “A lighter. Many cars come without cigarette lighters now. In an emergency, you could try rigging something up using your car battery to start a fire to either stay warm or signal someone, which is very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Or you could just flick a lighter. Lighters cost less than 2 bucks. It’s not a big investment, and it might save your life.”
One Redditor shared, “A pack or large bottle of water and a blanket.”
To which a second Redditor responded, “Water is such an important one. It’s really crazy to think how fast everything can go sideways when you don’t have any water, and you’re in a survival situation.”
This user said, “A towel. My dog loves to swim and run through any puddle he can find. It’s also nice to have in case you get caught in the rain!”
This Redditor said, “An umbrella, where I live, the weather changes constantly, it will be beautiful and sunny as I walk into work and then start pouring or snowing depending on the season for the rest of the day.”
A Redditor also shared, “A phone charger designated to stay in the car!”
This user shared, “I haven’t seen anybody mention this but sunglasses. You really don’t want to be caught with the full blast of the sun in your eyes while you’re driving. It can seriously blind you for long enough for an accident to happen.”
This Redditor said, “If you live in a place that gets snow and ice, a bag of kitty litter or sand can be helpful in getting your car unstuck if you pour it underneath the tires.”
Snow Brush/Ice Scraper
A user said, “Not to out myself as Canadian, but…combo snow-brush/window-scraper long enough to reach the whole of the roof of your vehicle. Clear that stuff off before you start driving!”
This Redditor mentioned, “At least one thick plastic bag. Never know when you or someone in the car will get sick.”
A user also said, “A change of clothes, including shoes, underwear, and socks!”
Finally, a Redditor said, “One item everyone should have in their car is a spare tire and the necessary tools to change a tire. Flat tires can happen unexpectedly and having a spare tire and the tools to change it can save you time and money.”
Redditors sure came with a lot of helpful tips for what to keep in your car. You may never use any of the above or one day you might realize an item mentioned would have been helpful!
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