Contrary to what some might think, a car requires your attention for it to run right. You would not be able to go anywhere if you did not fill your tank with gas, neither can you drive it far if one of your tires is deflated all the way down to the rims.
Having an automobile comes with some responsibilities, and there are a few cool things to have in your car just in case some unfortunate emergencies should come your way.
The things you should have in your car can range from the mundane to the truly essential stuff. After owning several cars during this lifetime, I have come to realize that preparation for unforeseen incidents will determine how you deal with them.
Things to Keep in Your Car
Some of the things recommended you keep in your vehicle might surprise you, but you’re free to decide which ones to put in your trunk. Here we go, hope you enjoy them:
1 – Keep a Gallon of Coolant
Having a gallon of coolant in your car can be the difference between burning out your engine due to a leak. Leaks from your radiator do not come with any pre-warning, so you better be prepared. Coolant fluid is the key stuff that keeps your vehicle’s engine cool and running right.
2 – Keep a Gallon of Water
Water is a universal fluid that can also temporarily take the place of a coolant. Apart from drinking it if stranded in a desolate place, water can also be used in your wiper fluid tank.
3 – Keep Extra Windshield Wiper Fluid
Based on your location, driving during the winter months comes with some hazards you should be prepared for. If you run out of wiper fluids it might be difficult to drive very far if it is snowy, blizzard rain, or other nasty conditions that require you clear your windshield on a regular basis.
4 – Cans of Engine Oil
It is prudent to have a few cans of the engine oil used by your car’s engine in the trunk of your car. The older your car, the more need you have to keep several cans of engine oil just in case of a slow or fast oil leak. How often do you check your parking spot for signs of oil leak from your engine?
The protection offered by seals around the engine will wear off over time, which ultimately leads to an oil leak. Transmission oil is not depleted as fast by most cars, but it would not hurt to have one or two cans in the trunk.
5 – Good First Aid Kit for Your Car
For just a few dollars, you can have a good first aid kit in your car just in case of an emergency. The kit will come with the required essentials to patch up wounds, cover up burns, or create crude slingshots before reaching the hospital.
The key to surviving an emergency is preparedness, and a first aid kit in the trunk of your car can be a life saver. Most motorist neglect to get one, and that my friend, can be a fatal mistake.
6 – Hands-Free Stand for Your Smartphone
It is amazing how distracted most drivers become once they get behind the wheel of a car. Cell phone usage is now responsible for more deaths on our highway than drunk driving. I know, you think you’re a careful driver and can safely text on your portable phone while also keeping your eyes on the road.
The data from accidents caused by cell phone usage proves it is a distraction. Get yourself a good hands-free stand for your smartphone if you intend to use it in your car. It would also be cool to have an App that turns speech into text if you intend to conduct any text messaging.
7 – Multi-Use Vehicle Charger
Depending on the type of work you do it would be wise to invest in a well-designed multi-use charger that can handle all your digital devices. Good ones tend to cost about the price of several cups of coffee and will offer you one of the best ways to ensure you’re always digitally connected to the world.
8 – Keep a Good Flashlight
The flashlight is one of those cool things you can have in your car and will miss it once you need one. You car is an engine and it can break down without any warning on a desolate road. Having a flashlight can help when changing a tire on a poorly lit road.
There are many types of flashlights you can get, but the wind-up models will last longer, simply because they do not need batteries to operate. You can also invest in a durable brand that requires the use of batteries, just make sure you pay attention to the battery power over time.
9 – What about a Small Fire Extinguisher?
It is not a bad idea to have a very small fire extinguisher in your car just in case a fire develops in the engine of your vehicle. Having one in your car is simple, but learning how to use one requires few minutes of your time.
Do not get one and just assume you’ll know how to use it when the fire starts. Take some time to learn about how it operates or you might waste precious minutes as your car is burnt to bare metal.
10 – A Screwdriver and Socket Set
Your car is made up of parts that are held together by multiple screws and carefully concealed attachments. Over time, you’ll hear noises as you drive along. Some of the noises can be traced to loose screws, which you can tighten up if you have the right small tool set.
A socket and screwdriver set will also allow you to tighten up the terminal of your vehicle’s battery if they ever come loose. The cost for one is minimal, but it can save you a trip to your local automobile repair shop.
11 – Heavy Duty Jumper Cables
This is another essential tool most drivers neglect to have in the trunk until the need for one. Make sure you invest in one that will not be affected by the weather, especially during the hazardous winter months. Most motorist will give your car’s dead battery a jump if you have your own booster cables.
12 – Dead Battery Jump Starter
Instead of having a booster cable, for just a few bucks more, you can invest in a jumpstarter that will also come with the right cables to bring your vehicle’s dead battery to live again. There are many different types of automobile battery starters, just make sure the brand you buy is powerful enough for the battery in your car.
13 – Tire Pressure Gauge
How often do you check the pressure of your car tires? A good professional mechanic would recommend you at least check it once a month, or every time you fill up your tank. Poorly inflated tires can lead to your car burning more gas or creating a poor driving experience on the road.
14 – Good Ice Scraper
A good brand of ice scraper cost very little but can be the difference between getting home safe or causing an accident due to poor visibility during the snowy winter months. You know your area, make sure you have a good ice scraper if you reside in a state with severe winter weather conditions.
Other Things You Should Have in Your Car
Other things you should have in your vehicle includes a portable GPS system, a writing pad with pen, hand sanitizer wipes, a multi-purpose knife, sun visor, and rags.
The list of the cool things to have in your car can only be completed by you, the driver. You should include items that enhance your driving experience, provided it is legal and would not distract you while on the road.