If you’ve recently bought a new vehicle then you’re no doubt thinking about all the different modifications you can make to your vehicle in order to make it more enjoyable to drive and more versatile. For instance, you might’ve already installed a new speaker system to blast your favourite music, or you might’ve replaced the seat covers because you’re going to be ferrying your children to and from soccer practice. Whatever improvements you’ve planned, here are a couple of extra accessories that you probably haven’t thought of, but you should really keep in your vehicle.
Car Maintenance Tools and Items
A well-maintained car will always have a wealth of tools and equipment in the boot in case you run into an emergency. For instance, a good-quality tire with the correct amount of air pressure will be a lifesaver if you get a flat tire in the middle of the road. A tire pressure gauge is also a great tool to have, and there’s always room for a roll of duct tape and WD-40. Typical car maintenance tools such as a wrench, spanner and a hammer are also essential and they don’t take up much space inside of a toolbox. It’s important that you learn how to use these tools as well so that they aren’t kept in the boot for no reason. For this reason, it’s a good idea to print off some basic car maintenance tips and keep them safely in a folder or book along with your tools. You might also want to put the car manual and additional contact information there as well.
When you have an emergency on the road, the first thing you should be thinking about is the safety of you and your passengers. Once you’re ready to step out of your car, ensure that you have a way to signal to other people that you’re currently in need of assistance, or at least have a way to tell them that you’ve broken down. For instance, you can get a strobing warning light from an online LED store that simply attaches to your windshield via suction cups. It is then plugged into your cigarette lighter and then strobes light that can be seen a fair distance away, giving drivers ample time to notice you and drive around you.
Any long distance driver knows the importance of carrying some extra snacks, drinks and toiletries with them. You might also want to consider things such as an extra blanket or pillow if you plan to drive overnight. Driving while tired is incredibly dangerous and is essentially the same as driving while under the influence which is considered a crime. It’s important to take regular breaks if you do plan to drive for long distances, and even if you don’t, you should always pull over, have a drink and get a bite to eat if you feel drowsy. These convenience items can add up and before you know it, you’re going to be carrying things like a laptop, a spare phone and a USB battery bank, but it’s better to be safe than sorry especially if you’ve been inside your car and thought to yourself “I wish I had x with me right now”.