Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Tools Everyone Should Have in their Car


There’s nothing like the freedom of having your own vehicle, being to go wherever you want whenever you want without having to rely on a third-party to get you there. Unfortunately, most drivers will, at some point in their life, experience an issue with their car that means that freedom is, at least temporarily, taken away from them. The good news is that if you have a few choice tools in your car, your chances of getting into trouble and having to rely on someone else to get you out of it will be significantly lessened. 

With that in mind, here are some of the most important tools you should always have on hand in your car: 

The Car’s Manual 

It’s pretty obvious, but so many people do not keep their vehicle owner’s manual in their vehicle; they leave it at home, where it is absolutely no use at all should they get into difficulty on the road! If you want to be able to solve your own car problems, as best you can, as often as you can, then you absolutely do need to carry your car’s manual with you wherever you go.

A LifeHammer 

The LifeHammer is a simple tool, but one which could really save your life one day, should you get into trouble on the road. What does it do? It breaks windows very effectively. This would obviously be useful should your car, for instance, be plunged into a body of water, or should you get into a crash which makes it impossible for you to exit your vehicle by any other means. As a result, you should always keep your LifeHammer near the driver’s seat in a secure position. Perhaps even using tape to secure it, so that you will have no problem accessing it should you need to. 

A Tire Changing Kit 

One of the most common causes of car trouble is tires, which is why you should always carry a basic tire repair/changing kit, which includes a spare tire, tire iron, tire sealant, jack and lug wrench, as well as a can of WD40 as a minimum. This should allow you to solve most minor tire problems yourself without having to call for help. 

A Good Socket Set 

As you can see when you click here for Subaru Xv details, modern cars have never been better built than they are right now. They are both solid and stylish and perform better than ever before; that being said, things can and do go wrong, and one of the most common causes of on the road issues is that of loose components. Luckily, if you have a good socket set in the trunk of your car, you can simply pull over, tighten the problematic piece up and get going again. Of course, you’ll need to learn a thing or two about your vehicle too, but everyone who drives should take the time to read their vehicle’s manual and the basics of car maintenance and repair anyway. 

Duct Tape 


Duct tape might be a simple material, but as you will probably know, it has a myriad of amazing functions, which can really be a lifesaver, this is particularly true when items to patching up cars in a hurry. If you click this list of great duct tape car repairs, you will see just how many things, from keeping the fender attached to patching up hoses until you can get to a mechanic, this humble roll of sticky stuff can be used for. Seriously, keep some in the glove box at all times - you absolutely won’t regret it. 

A Strong Tow Strap 

Having a strong tow strap in the trunk won’t just help you out should you need to tow your spouse's worn out old hunk of junk to the scrapyard - it could also help you out should your car stop functioning and you need to move it to a safer place. Obviously, you’ll need to flag down a good samaritan to help you with that, but at least you’ll be able to do that if you have a tow strap ready to go. 

Jumper Cables

It’s a no-brainer that you should keep a set of jumper cables in the car at all times. After all, it’s a simple, affordable piece of equipment that could get your disabled car moving again. When buying jumper cables. Make sure that you choose a set that feature solid spring-loaded clamps and are of a sufficiently high-quality because, some of the cheaper models are not as reliable as they would have you think, and may leave you stranded despite your best efforts. 

A Can of Gas 

Okay, so this probably isn’t something that everyone needs to do, but if you’re someone who regularly drives long distances and explores new routes, it is certainly going to be to your advantage to carry a can of gas around with you, so that should you miss-plan your journey or get lost without easy access to a filling station, you won’t be left running on empty or unable to continue your journey. 

Work Gloves 


If you want to protect your hands from injury and from oil, dirt and grease should you break down unexpectedly and have to do any repairs on your vehicle, then it always pays to have a good pair of work gloves on hand in the car. If you’re really serious, you might even consider packing some work overalls in the trunk just in case, too. 

A First Aid Kit

Last, but certainly, not least by any stretch of the imagination, every single driver on the roads would do well to have their own first aid kit packed and ready for action in the car. Unfortunately, it won’t always be a simple tire puncture or flat battery that causes you to get into trouble on the road- it could be an accident - but if you’re prepared for every eventuality, you will likely fare much better than you otherwise might. 

This is by no means a definitive list of tools you might want to keep in your car, but it is a great place to start if you want to be safe and self-sufficient on the road.

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