10 Things you should carry in Your Car

Although today’s cars are quite reliable and if serviced regularly, it’s quite rare that we may encounter problems while driving. However it’s better to be prepared and keep ourselves ready for minor issues that we can solve if they arise. Here is a list of things that you should always carry which will help you fix your car:

  1. Spare wheel with good tire pressure: in case of puncture, you can quickly switch to it and drive with peace. If the spare is in bad shape then you are risking your safety.
  2. Good quality jack: always invest in a good quality jack. It’s a one-time investment and makes lots of difference in terms of convenience and safety. Cheap ones can barely take the load of vehicle and if they collapse then they can cause major damage.
  3. Jumper cables: no matter how good, batteries can die at some point and sometimes without any warning. If you carry jumper cables then you can start your car using another battery.
  4. Jerry can: this can be useful if you run out of fuel or coolant/water. Use it to carry additional coolant-water mix if you have a slightly leaking radiator.
  5. If you have tubeless tyres and you travel long distance then having a small battery operated air pump and tubeless tyre puncture repair kit is a good idea. In case of tyre losing air pressure, you can find the puncture and plug it with this kit and then fill the air.
  6. Spare bulbs: they hardly take any space and do not have any best before date so it’s good to carry one headlight, brake light and indicator bulb in your car always.
  7. Spare fuse: Again these are very small item with no expiry date so keeping them tucked in corner of glove box is good. Carry one of each rating of fuse used in your car.
  8. Clean drinking water: not only to quench your thirst but in case your car power steering or clutch fluid leaks out then you can pour this water to reach home or nearest mechanic. Do this only in case of emergency and when you do not have any other option. Remember that water instead of proper fluid is purely for emergency and will not work much longer. Water will also damage your power steering pump if you keep driving for long.
  9. Basic tools kit: a flat head and Philips screw driver, 10, 12, 15 No. wrench and a small plier. These tools need not be high quality and expensive types and any cheap ones will do as they will not be used on regular basis.
  10. Cloth: a small piece of cloth should always be there to wipe any unwanted stuff that can fall on your car glasses. Do not use wipers to wipe dust or any other thing than rain drops. Your car wipers are only meant for cleaning rain drops and if you use it to clean dust off the windshield then they can scratch your windshield.

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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