Essential Items to Always Have in Your Car

December 18, 2020 By Mike
Last updated on December 18, 2020

Breakdowns or accidents can occur at any moments on the roads and often when you’re least expecting them. This is why every motorist needs to be well prepared by having an emergency kit in their car at all times. While hopefully you will never have to use this kit, it is better to be safe than sorry and it could get you out of a difficult situation. So, what should a car emergency kit contain?

Spare Tyre & Associated Tools

One of the most common issues that people face on the roads involves a burst or flat tyre. This is why you should always have a spare along with the associated tools to help you to change a tyre safely. Alternatively, run flat tyres are a good option which can help you to make it to the garage in case of a puncture, thanks to a reinforced sidewall which will help you to continue a short journey even with a puncture.

Phone Charger

In today’s day and age, a smartphone can be a lifesaver in situations like this because it can be used in a number of different ways. Obviously, it can be used to phone someone for help but you could also use it as a map to find somewhere nearby for help, as a torch if it is dark or even to look up how to change a tyre.

High-Vis Jacket & Warning Triangle

It is important that your car emergency kit contains a high-vis jacket and a warning triangle so that you are visible to other motorists and people at night. It can be difficult to spot people and cars by the side of the road without these jackets, so these are essential for safety but could also be helpful for getting help if you need it.

Jump Leads & Battery Pack

Battery issues are also a common reason why people breakdown which is why you need to have jump leads and a battery pack. This will help you to jumpstart the car and get back on the road without the need to flag down another road user.

Blanket, Food & Water

Finally, it is a good idea to have blankets, food and water. Hopefully, you will not be on the side of the road for too long, but you never know! It is important to be well-prepared and these items will help you to stay comfortable while you wait.

Every motorist needs to have an emergency kit that they keep in their car at all times, particularly during the winter months. Ideally it will never have to be used, but breakdowns and accidents can occur and at any moment so you must always be prepared and have what you need to manage in these situations.