Car Care: Car Emergency Essentials

Life doesn’t always go right, so it’s best to be prepared for whatever it throws at you. Do you have these essentials items in your vehicle in case something goes haywire with your car? If you don’t, it would be great if you got them. 

1. Spare Tyre or Run Flat Kit

A flat tyre can be a massive inconvenience so always double-check the state of your spare tyre and run-flat kits – you don’t want to end up in a jam.

2. Jack

You can’t change a tyre without a jack to support the weight of the car! Did your car come with a jack suitable for your make and model? Have you misplaced it?

3. Lug Nut Removal Tool

Remove those lug nuts safely and efficiently with the right tool. Can’t leave home without it.

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4. Jumper Cables

A dead battery could happen to anyone. Jumper cables help to start your vehicle using battery power from another vehicle. Always remember the correct way to use jumper cables to prevent injuries and damage to your car.  

5. Tire Pressure Gauge

Tire Pressure will help you to estimate if you have a leak or tear in your tyres which eventually leads to flats. Checking the pressure of your tires can also help you know when they need air and aid in keeping your car safe and fuel-efficient.

6. Car Repair/Wrecker Information

Keep numbers for wreckers on hand in case you need a haul. Wreckers, emergency contacts and car repair shops are valuable in the event of emergencies, especially in areas with limited data service. (You can’t google your way out of everything).

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7. First Aid Kit
Don’t get trapped on the road without essential safety equipment to help you in the case of injury, bandages, alcohol, wraps and nick-knacks will care for small wounds or bruises. 


8. Tools

Essentials such as a Phillips Screwdriver, Pliers, WD-40, and duct tape are a good place to start. ask your mechanic to tell you just what emergency tools you’ll need. 

9. Flares or Reflective Triangles

Protect yourself at night while carrying out repairs or if you have broken down in an area where it is unsafe. Give drivers who are passing by a heads up so they can pass safely and not bring you any harm. Flares and triangles are also moderately portable and can be bought online or in stores. 


Other Items to Consider:

  • Paper Towels, Tissues
  • Pen and Paper
  • Car Charger or Powerbank
  • Umbrella 
  • Flashlight


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