We rely on our vehicles to get us from place to place every day.  When they do not work properly or there is an emergency, we can be caught off guard quite easily.  Having these essentials in your vehicle can help make those emergency situations much easier to handle.

  1. Jumper cables– You never know when your battery may need a jump.  Having your own cables can help get you a jump more quickly than waiting for someone to show up with their own set.
  2. Tire jack/spare tire– Be sure your tire jack matches your vehicle and be sure your spare tire is at least roadworthy.
  3. Vehicle manual– You would be surprised at how much valuable information you can find in that manual.  Keep it in your glove compartment as a reference guide for many different problems that could occur.
  4. Insurance info– If you are involved in an accident, you will want your insurance info to file a claim.
  5. First Aid Kit– You will want more than just band aids in there.  Check the American Red Cross’s website for this great post called Anatomy of a First Aid Kit which will help you build the perfect kit for your car.
  6. Flashlight– Will come in handy if you are stuck in the dark.  It can help you flag down someone to help, illuminate your vehicle manual while you read, light your way to safety…
  7. Maps– If you are used to solely relying on your GPS to give you directions, you will be out of luck if your GPS fails.  A good old paper map will really come in handy during those times.
  8. Blanket– To keep warm if you are stuck on a cold day and your car won’t start.
  9. Water– for drinking, cleaning wounds, cleaning off hands after fixing your car…
  10. Ice scraper– Visibility is always important.  If you can’t see, you can’t drive.

Of course, there are always other items you will want to keep in your vehicle depending on where you are located.  Check with us to find out what other items might be essential to your commute.