There are many things we all carry around in our cars. Usually, however, these things are items that we don’t really need–books, an extra set of clothing, maybe even some snacks. But there are some things that everyone truly does need to have in their cars in case of emergencies. If you’re ever stuck on the side of the road or lost, here are some of the items you should have in your car.
A first-aid kit. You never know when you may need a first-aid kit. Make certain it includes a wide variety of items such as bandages, disinfectant, some medication, etc. You may not need it for yourself, but you may come across others who do.
A flashlight. This is very important if your car breaks down at night. Even if you only drive in the city, don’t count on the street lights to provide enough light to see by. You may also need a flashlight during the day to see under your hood or under the car. Also remember to carry extra batteries for your flashlight or purchase one that is hand-powered (it stores up energy when you crank its handle).
A tire pressure gauge. You may need to check your tires, especially if one of them looks low or the car seems to be riding oddly. Make certain to check all of your tires’ pressure once a month or so and correct the air pressure if needed.
A blanket. This is especially important during the winter months or even the cold desert nights. If you’re trapped in your car for more than an hour, it can become very cold, especially if you can’t start your car. It’s important that you can keep yourself and your passengers warm, especially if you have children or an elderly person in the car with you.
Jumper cables. If your car won’t start, sometimes a pair of jumper cables and a friendly motorist will do the trick. However, not everyone carries jumper cables, so don’t expect the other driver to have them. Also be sure you know how to properly use your jumper cables. Otherwise, they won’t do much good.
A jack. Always make sure your car’s jack is in the trunk or other designated place. If you take it out for any reason, make sure to put it back where it goes.
A lug wrench. Likewise, make certain you have a wrench you can use to remove the lug nuts on your tires in case you have a flat and need to change it.
A bottle of water. If your car runs out of water, you want to have a bottle on hand to refill it. This is especially important during the summer or if you live in a hot climate. You may also want to have water on hand in case you’re stranded somewhere and need something to drink.
This may sound like a lot of items to have in your trunk, but most of them are fairly small and won’t take up too much space. You’ll be very thankful to have them if you find yourself stuck on the side of the road.
The construction dust and mayhem here in our Tempe auto repairshop has been non-stop for quite awhile. But, now the fruits of our labor are evident as we can announce our brand new Medium Duty Truck Service And Repair Department is now open for business! In fact, the Elite Auto Repair team has been servicing medium duty fleet vehicles for over 15 years. We’re completely equipped to handle general maintenance as well as stubborn diagnostic repairs.
This week were going deep inside the Petersen Automotive vault in the first of a two-part series to show you some of the most important cars in automotive history. Cars featured in this episode: 1885 Benz (Replica), 1912 De Dion Bouton, 1967 Ford GT40 MK III, Ford Thunderbird, 1955 Porsche (356) Continental, 1967 Dodge Coronet, 1967 Toyota 2000GT, Foose Sniper, 1925 Ford Golden Star, 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta, 1929 DuPont Model G, 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom, 1939 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante.