Three Things You Should Always Have In Your Car

June 6, 2018

Technological advances on modern vehicles are making it easier for us to identify issues that need to be fixed and can sometimes provide a false sense of security for drivers. Believing your car has you covered at all times can be a mistake for many. Aside from familiarizing yourself with safety features like your car's warning lights, and doing a quick review of your owner’s manual, being a diligent driver is important. 

So how do you stay smart in driver's seat? Always keep these three things in your car!

1. Essential tools

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Keeping some essentials in the car can make a huge difference in a bad situation. Stock up on kits that include jumper cables and a basic set of tools. Going a step further with a portable battery pack can make you less reliable on others and more self-sufficient in a sticky situation. You can even find tiny air compressors that will inflate your tires through the cigarette lighter. Getting back on the road quickly and safely is imperative.

Also, keep a car window hammer/seat belt cutter handy. This could be an invaluable tool if your vehicle is submerged in water. Even if you are not in a water related accident this tool still comes in handy by freeing you from your seat belt so that you can safely exit your vehicle. Ensure the tool also comes with a puncture mechanism, making sure you can puncture your airbag quickly to exit the vehicle safely in the event of an accident. Being able to distance yourself from a crash site may prove to be valuable.

2. A basic first aid kit

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A basic First Aid Kit should be a staple item in your emergency vehicle stash. This item can be helpful in the event of an accident, or even in the event of a small injury. If you travel to remote areas in your vehicle for work or for recreational purposes then this kit may be useful. There are multiple varieties available for purchase online.

3. Bottled water

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But wait, I thought I wasn't supposed to leave bottled water in a hot car? Well, it's not necessarily just for drinking. Water can come in handy for many different reasons with your car.

Did mud or debris come up on your windshield and the wipers aren't cutting it? Break out the water to help scrub off the debris. Car overheats and you're in a bind with no coolant? Water can be put directly in the radiator to get you from Point A to Point B, and we hope Point B is a Certified shop to get that checked out! In an emergency situation? Drink it! Keeping water in the car can be a lifesaver on many different levels.

Do you have any other suggestions for what should always be in your car? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Author

Kimberlea Buczeke is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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By , July 28, 2017
Didnt know i should be keeping water in my car, changing that now! Thanks for the article !
By , August 01, 2017
No problem, Ollie23! We're glad we could help.
By , March 06, 2018
Hey, Guys! I mentioned your Three Things You Should Always Have In Your Car article is really helpful to the all car user and mechanics. Personally, I use some essential tools all time and carry with my car. Such as Screwdriver, some jumper cables, a basic set of tools, hammers, seat belt cutter, air compressor and some others. My previous compressor has damaged. For this on the last week I boutht a new 4-gallon Industrial Air Contractor CTA5090412 from
By , June 07, 2018
A Blanket , a pair of pants to lay on the ground with and make emergency repairs and a decent flash light !