Be prepared. That’s an old Boy Scouts motto, but it’s easily applicable to motorists. You never know what’s going to happen when you’re out on the open road, and it’s wise to be as prepared as you can be for accident, injury, and delay.
To that end, we recommend drivers keep an assortment of basic supplies handy. In this post, we’re going to offer you our packing list. These are 10 items you are always good to have stowed in the trunk of your car.
Our Packing List: 10 Things to Keep in Your Trunk
1. Jumper cables
Sooner or later, most drivers will have to contend with a dead battery. Jumper cables may spell the difference between you being able to get back up and running, or having to wait for a repair or a tow.
2. First Aid kit
If you’re ever involved in an accident, you’ll want to either call the ambulance right away or—if the injuries don’t seem too bad—head straight to the doctor. A First Aid kit can help you control bleeding and mitigate other symptoms as you wait for medical attention.
3. Spare tire
Again, you just never know when you’ll need to replace a bad tire, or to have it replaced by your roadside assistance provider. A handy spare tire is always something you should have with you.
4. Air pump
Speaking of tires, a slow leak or a seasonal pressure drop can compromise your ability to drive safely—but a portable air pump can be a life saver!
5. Pressure gauge
Along the same lines, you can use a tire pressure gauge to check in on the health of your tires and to know when to get out that air pump.
6. Flares and hazard triangles
Should your car break down on the side of the road, hazard triangles and flares can help you alert other drivers that there’s a problem. Always have these ready for use if you experience automotive problems at night!
7. Safety vest
It can be dangerous making repairs to your car in the dark, but an illuminated safety vest will make you more visible to other motorists.
You never know when or why you might need one, but these things are small, inexpensive, and incredibly useful. Why wouldn’t you pack one?
9. Duct tape
Need a temporary fix for something? Duct tape always comes through when you’re in a pinch!
Don’t assume that you’ll be able to use your phone to make repairs in the dark—because what happens if your charge is depleted? Have a good flashlight and some extra batteries, just in case.
The bottom line for drivers if that you can never be too prepared. Pack these 10 items to make sure you’ve got the right tools to handle any situation. And to learn more about being a smart vehicle owner, keep your tabs on the Get My Auto blog!