7 Must-Have Items to Keep in Your Car At All Times
It’s happened to us all at some point. You’re just minding your own business, driving off somewhere, and then it happens: your car breaks down. Are you prepared for this situation? Or do you lack the necessary knowledge and equipment to dig yourself out of this hole?
The problem is, when your car breaks down, you’re usually at the mercy of roadside assistance. Who knows how long that will take, even if you’re with a decent company? Then there’s the bill to take care of, and the towing fee! By having some necessary tools in the back of your car at all times, you’ll never be caught short again. This blog post will help you be prepared for car malfunctions so you can save your own skin and hopefully save some money in the process.
Most of the items we’ll discuss will fit in a tackle box or small tool box and won’t cost more than a mechanic’s fee to collect together. Over the long term, they’ll save you money with multiple uses, and they’ll definitely save you time too, as you can get on with fixing something rather than having to wait for someone else to turn up and help. You might even be inspired with your newfound knowledge and tools to do a good deed for the day and help someone else who’s broken down on the roadside. Whether you’re keen to help others or you just want to help yourself, this knowledge is going to be critical. Without further ado, here are the seven most essential items to keep in your car at all times.
1. Heavy Duty Cable Ties / Zip Ties
Cable ties aren’t just handy for keeping awkward loads on top of roof racks or attached to trailers. They’re also useful for holding things together. Perhaps you need to keep a pranged bumper attached or a loose hose connected. Cable ties are a temporary solution for many minor problems.
2. Jumper Cables
Jumper cables will come in handy many times over the course of your car’s lifespan. When someone next asks you for some jumper cables, you’ll be completely prepared with some waiting in the back of your car! When using them, remember to attach dead battery positive terminal to good battery positive terminal. Then connect up the good battery negative terminal to dead battery negative or alternatively to the jumper point. The jumper point can be found on newer cars by having a good read of the manual.
3. Car Jack
If you need to change a tyre on the side of the road, you’re going to need a car jack. It’s amazing how many people don’t know how to do simple car maintenance anymore, like changing a tyre. But the good news is that today, these simple techniques are explained in various videos online, making them quite easy to learn.
You can also ask your local mechanic for help. They might even run car maintenance classes at your local community centre or university. Equip yourself with the skills you need to do safe DIY car maintenance tasks and you can save a lot of time and money.
4. Set of Sockets and Spanners
For most bolts, a size of 10mm to 22mm will suffice. Newer cars will require a metric style set which is measured in millimetres. Older cars need sets that are imperial, in that they’re measured in fractions of an inch.
5. Pliers and Screwdriver
You should have two big and two small screwdrivers − one each of flat and Phillips head endings respectively. They should get you through most screwdriver related situations. Meanwhile, a good pair of pliers will be necessary for pulling fuses or cutting wires. A multi-tool is a good option due to the multitude of tools it offers in the one gadget.
6. Tape, Stanley Knife and Scissors
You never know when you’re going have to cut something, which is why it’s good to include a Stanley knife and pair of scissors in your toolbox. For the opposite reason, strong gaffer tape is also a good candidate to keep in your box of tricks, able to solve a multitude of problems.
7. Workshop Manual and Gloves
Pop your gloves on and get ready to get stuck into the nuts and bolts of how your car works. Your model-specific workshop manual will tell you all you need to know to take your car apart and put it all back together again. If you want an in-depth knowledge of your car, have a read of the workshop manual.
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