9 Things You Should Always Keep In Your Car
Whether you are heading on your daily commute or planning a longer journey, there are several things you should always carry in your car, in case things don’t quite go to plan. In this guide, we let you know the nine of the things we wouldn’t recommend travelling without.
Let’s face it breakdowns usually occur at the least opportune moment, and quite often this can be at night when visibility is poor. Should this happen, a torch is a life-saver as it will allow you to get an idea of what has happened or where the problem is. However, even in daylight, a torch can be handy for increasing visibility of hard to reach places.
A head-torch is arguably the best option as it allows you to keep your hands free to investigate any issues with your vehicle, although it may not do much for your street-cred.
First Aid Kit
A multitude of minor accidents can occur in the car which would warrant you carrying a small, well-equipped first aid kit.
Having a first aid kit is great if you like getting out and about with the family too, as should anything go wrong on your adventures you can return to the car in the knowledge you can deal with a range of minor injuries.
Windscreen Washer Fluid
Running out of windscreen washer fluid can leave you struggling to see out of your windscreen. But did you know a dirty windscreen can land you in trouble if police classed you to be driving carelessly as a result.
Many modern cars now come with a warning light on the dashboard, which lights up when the windscreen washer fluid is falling low. However, for those not lucky enough to have this handy reminder, having spare windscreen washer fluid in the car will ensure you don’t get caught out.
You should also bear in mind, that in poor weather conditions you can go through a considerable amount of washer fluid in a short amount of time.
A warning triangle is a must on journeys as it ensures you are more visible to oncoming traffic in the event of a breakdown. If you are driving abroad, it is also worth bearing in mind that in some European countries, it is a legal requirement to carry a warning triangle.
To be effective in slowing oncoming motorists down, you should place a hazard triangle around 45m away from your vehicle so that oncoming traffic has time to react.
Remember, you should never use a warning triangle if you breakdown on a motorway, as placing the hazard triangle may put you in danger from fast-moving oncoming cars. In addition, the warning triangle is more at risk of blowing onto the road, which could then put other motorists in danger.
While a map may seem outdated to most motorists these days, carrying a map will prove priceless if you lose GPS reception and have no idea where you are. There is a caveat though - you need to know basic map reading skills otherwise you’re unlikely to a map much help.
While a small number of cars have complicated headlights which can only be changed at a garage, the majority of car headlights are simple to change and can be done by virtually anyone, virtually anywhere.
Having spare bulbs and fuses in your car ensures you can carry this out and continue on your journey without compromising visibility.
Carrying spare bulbs is a legal requirement in some European countries (for example France), so if you are planning on driving abroad, it can be a good idea to get into the habit of carrying them as a general rule.
Many people carry water in their vehicles as it can come in handy in numerous ways i.e. can be used if your car is overheating, if your windscreen washer fluid runs out or for you to drink. However, if you are planning to drink the water, you should carry sealed water, and if you open a bottle, you should replace it.
Essential Contact Details
Nowadays, few of us will receive a hard copy of our essential car documents like car insurance and breakdown cover documentation. Most of the time, this presents no problems as we can access our emails via our phones, however, breakdown in a remote spot and you may find that you no longer have any internet connection. You should make a note of your policy number and any important telephone numbers and keep them in the car just in case.
Blanket or warm clothing
It is a good idea to keep a blanket or warm clothing in your car in case of a breakdown or accident. If either occurs, you may find yourself waiting for quite a while for help to arrive. In such cases, having warm clothing or blanket will keep you more comfortable if it is cold outside.
Your nine essentials
So there you have it, the nine things we think you shouldn’t travel without. Have we missed one of your car essentials? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter.
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