6 Things To Keep In Your Car

6 Things To Keep In Your Car

6 Things to keep in your car.

People keep all sorts of things in their car.  Many people pretty much live out of their.  No matter what you decide to keep in your car.  There are 6 things to keep in your car.  These 6 things can be a life saver when you need them.

Owners Manual

One of the most important things to keep in your car other than the standard proof of insurance and registration, is the cars owners manual. The Owners Manual tells how to change light bulbs on the car, where the fuse panels are.  Plus there is a maintenance chart in the manual, which comes in handy when trying to decide if your mechanic is being trustworthy.   If you don’t have an owners manual you can download one from this site.

Jumper Cables

Jumper cables is another of the things to keep in your car.  Always have a good set of jumper cables in your vehicle.  When you go to start the car and the battery is dead you’ll need them. It’s easier to find someone who will help jump you’re car, then someone who has jumper cables.  Don’t think for one second getting a jump box is a good alternative to having jumper cables, because by the time you need it that battery will be dead.  Which you could try to remember to charge it once a month.  Most people will either forget to charge it or put it back in their car.  Either way your back to not having it when you need it.

If you are looking at buying jumper cables

you can get them most places including Amazon.  What you need to look for is the gauge of wire used and the size of the clamps. The smaller the number of gauge the thicker the wire used, thus you want to buy cables with 6 gauge or smaller, with the idea that the longer the cable the lower the gauge.

12V Air Compressor

It never seems to fail, you put your spare tire on and it’s flat.  This is where  12V compressor comes into play.  They are nice to have when you have a slow leak and just want to top of your tire until you can have it fixed.  When buying an air compressor you don’t have to buy the best, but a cheap one will waste your time.  Many of these aren’t designed to fill a spare tire to the required 60psi.  Make sure you buy one that is of good quality.  Harbor Freight sells a good one for a decent price. This one from Harbor Freight will fill a flat spare tire to 60 PSI in under 5 minutes. Just do yourself a huge favor and don’t buy one that has a jump box built-in, these are more of a novelty than a help when you need it.

Lug Wrench and Jack

Your vehicle should have come with a scissor jack and lug wrench that will also raise the jack.  If nothing else make sure these work.  Over the years this jack may rust up and stop working. It’s best to make sure you it works and how it works before you need it.  If you find you need a new one you can get one like the Scissor Jack 1.5 Ton scissor jack or if you have enough space in your trunk a small floor jack like the Liftmaster Floor Jack 2 Ton .  As far as a good lug wrench any 4-way lug wrench is a must.  Don’t expect the lug wrench that comes with the car to be very useful. Be careful that it has the size you need some trucks have much bigger lugs than cars, 14″ Universal Lug Wrench will do most cars and many trucks.

Misc. Tools that help

It’s always good to have a few other tools in your car.  A few various screw drivers, and a few wrenches.  A dead blow hammer is good idea to have for when your tire is stuck. Always carry a flash light in your car.  Streamlight Penlights  are great flashlights.  You never know when you’ll need a flashlight.  Even in the middle of the day if you lose something under your seat that flashlight will help out a lot.

First Aid Kit

You never know when you’ll need a basic first aid kit.  This First Aid Kit is good enough, however if you want more you can make your own.  Make sure you have lost of band aids, gauze, and other wound dressings.  It’s also good to carry something to clean cuts with.  Your choice  aspirin or ibuprofen is good also.

3 thoughts on “6 Things To Keep In Your Car

  1. Great, common sense ideas many people don’t think of. The sad part is many newer cars don’t even have a spare; just a can of branded fixaflat they think will bail you out.

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