Car Safety: 10 Things You Should Always Have

Would you be prepared if something went wrong while you were driving? Luckily, just a few items can make you far more prepared should you encounter trouble on the road. So check out the 10 things you should always have in your car to guarantee you’ll be ready for anything!

Car Safety - 10 Things You Should Always Have

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Jumper leads

Why?
Whether it’s to get you started after your battery goes flat or to help out another driver in need, jumper leads are a must have in all cars.
Where?
Boot

Spare tyre (with tools)

Why?
A flat tyre could leave you stranded. Making sure you have an inflated spare and tools to change a flat could save you hours of time and a lot hassle.
Where?
Boot

Phone charger

Why?
Your phone is your most valuable lifeline in an emergency. A charger could be the difference between a minor inconvenience that's sorted in minutes and a major hassle that lasts for hours.
Where?
Glove box or console

First-aid kit

Why?
The simple items in a first-aid kit could help a first-responder save a life in an emergency situation. Outside of that, it’s always handy to have some medical supplies nearby.
Where?
Glove box or back seat

Water and non-perishable food

Why?
Depending on where you breakdown, help could be a while away. Being fed and hydrated during a long wait for help will make that stretch of time a lot more comfortable.
Where?
Boot

Cash for emergencies

Why?
Money is universal and will never be declined at the most inconvenient time. Whether it’s fuel, food or a phone call for help - emergency cash can save you in a pinch.
Where?
Glove box or console

Torch and spare batteries

Why?
If you need to stop at night, you’ll want to be able to see. A torch is better than your phone’s flash and phone battery is best saved for other emergencies.
Where?
Glove box or console

Blankets and spare clothes

Why?
Blankets come in handy during a wintery night in your broken down car. After changing a tyre in wet weather, the spare clothes will keep you warm and dry.
Where?
Boot

Pen, paper and disposable camera

Why?
These items will allow you to collect all the details and evidence you need for insurance after an accident. They're essentially a backup in case your phone isn’t working.
Where?
Glove box or console

Map

Why?
Although less and less common, physical maps and street directories never lose signal or run out of battery. Keep a good old-fashioned map of your state just in case.
Where?
Side door compartment

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