In a previous post, Al Naboodah Autocare highlighted the environmental benefits to reducing the weight in our vehicles by removing all those unnecessary bits and pieces, but what of the items which you simply shouldn’t go without? As our experts always say, ‘It is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!’
Whether you are a rookie road-user or a vehicular veteran, here is a list of the emergency items you should consider keeping in your car at all times…
It goes without saying that you should always carry a spare tyre, fully functioning and ready to roll in the event of an emergency. Remember to carry out regular maintenance checks so that, when the time comes, your spare tyre doesn’t let you down.
TOP TIP: Al Naboodah Autocare suggests storing a tyre inflation aid and a pressure gauge with your spare tyre – and don’t forget the tools to complete the job.
No matter how prepared you are for a journey, you won’t get far with a flat battery. Rather than relying on someone else having the cables to jump start your engine, make a habit of carrying your own and familiarise yourself with their use.
Ever noticed a warning light that you were unsure about? Or second-guessed the recommended tyre pressure for a fully-loaded car? Your vehicle’s manual will tell you all you need to know – keep it in your glovebox for easy reference in those tricky situations.
First Aid Kit
Stowing a first aid kit in your car means that you will be equipped to deal with any cuts, bumps or scrapes you encounter on your travels. If you are dependent upon any medication (for allergies, diabetes, etc.) then consider having extra dosages safely stored for emergencies. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to health and safety.
Duct Tape and WD40
There is an old engineering joke claiming that any problem can be fixed with either duct tape or WD40. Although not entirely accurate, there are indeed many applications for these relatively lightweight items, making them incredibly valuable additions to your emergency toolkit.
Next time you purchase a replacement bulb or fuse for your car consider buying a multipack. You can carry the spare parts in your glovebox or storage compartment. Plan ahead to save yourself time and money.
There is nothing worse than getting stuck in a rut – either figuratively or literally – but having a spade in your car boot means that, should you get caught in the latter, you are at least able to dig yourself out.
Avoid being left in the dark by keeping a flashlight in your car. Not only will a torch make it easier to carry out repairs or checks on the vehicle in the dark, but emergency lighting can also be used to signal your location to emergency services.
TOP TIP: Al Naboodah Autocare recommends using mechanical or ‘dynamo’ flashlights as they can be recharged by hand – help us work towards our sustainability goals by choosing this green alternative to replacing batteries time and time again.
Stocking up on snacks, water and non-perishable nourishment means that, if you are caught out in the open, you have some supplies to see you through. This doesn’t need to be a three-course meal, but do take into account how many passengers you may need to feed before the roadside technician turns up.
Safety is paramount in most situations, but even more so when your vehicle has broken down on the side of a busy road. Stay out of harm’s way by staying visible.
Travellers are increasingly dependent upon mobile devices for navigation, communication, banking, research, entertainment and more. Storing a phone charging unit in your car can help you side-step those difficulties that come with a depleted battery.
TOP TIP: Write a note of important information such as contact details on a sheet of paper and keep it with your car manual. This way you can access all the relevant data, even if you are unable to access your phone.
As individuals we all have our own routines and, therefore, requirements outside of the items listed above. Build your emergency kits to suit your personal circumstances. In addition to the items already mentioned you may want to consider: - Multi-tool - Matches - Tissues - Spare clothes - Pencil and paper - Plastic bags - Blanket - Loose change - Printed roadmaps