8 ESSENTIAL TOOLS EVERY CAR SHOULD HAVE INSIDE Cars are awesome! But what’s not cool is that they will all encounter issues at some point. And when they do, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for anything! So here’s a quick list of the 8 tools all drivers need to carry in their cars at all times!
Jump Starter These tools are downright epic when your battery dies. Just hook up the cables like you would when jumping with another car. Then wait a few minutes and— Vrrrmrmvrvrvm—your engine begins cranking! And best of all, you won’t need to awkwardly flag someone down from the side of the road to ask for a jump. This tool allows you to do everything yourself! As an added bonus, jump starters often come with USB ports to top off your phone’s battery and a flashlight, which helps since working with your battery in the dark sucks. Even worse, when you cannot see the colors of the terminals and cables. So these little extras are much-welcomed touches.
Yes, you can’t go wrong with the classics. But why would you opt for jumper cables when you already have a jump starter in your glove box? Simple—jump starters run on a battery. So they’ll need to recharge, especially after you’ve charged your phone one too many times on them. And charging them isn’t easy when your car breaks down in a Buffalo Wild parking lot. So when this happens, you’ve got good ole trustworthy jumper cables to help you out when your battery stops working.
Duct Tape and Zip Ties
Does this one really need any explaining? After all, duct tape is pretty amazing when it comes to keeping your car running. Seriously, it’s one of the best tools for any temporary fix. Just think off all the ways duct tape will help your car: it fixes injuries, repairs trim, picks up shards of glass should your window ever break, holds together hoses, etc. Really, your creativity and resourcefulness are the limits here. Zip ties more or less act as great companions to duct tape. Again, they can keep hoses sealed, hold a license plate in a bracket after it’s fallen off because you hit a curb too hard, etc. Again, zip ties are simply awesome and limited to your own pragmatism.
Spare Tire, Tire Jack, and Tire Iron Yeah, we’re cheating here by listing 3 for 1. But really, these all accomplish an important goal—temporarily replacing a flat/ destroyed tire. Maybe you hit a nail on the road, maybe you forgot to fill up your tire, or maybe you hit a semi wheel lying in the middle of the highway. Whatever the reason, tires go flat frequently. So make sure you have all the tools you need to get a spare temporarily put on your car.
But what if you don’t know how to change a tire? Then open a new tab right now and start watching some how-to YouTube videos! This is an essential life skill every person should know.
Emergency Kit This one’s useful for quite a few occasions ranging from getting stranded in the middle of nowhere to getting stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night. So make sure you build a quick emergency kit for your car. Some essentials include first aid kits, a flashlight, energy bars/ MREs, and some water bottles. That’ll be enough to prepare you for anything that goes wrong at an inconvenient time.
Window Breaker/ Seat belt Cutter If seat belts were easy to rip, they’d be pretty pointless, right. As such, in the case of an emergency, you’ll need a tool to rip them open.
It goes for your car’s windows as well! Hopefully, this is a multi-tool you’ll never need to use. But it’s definitely critical should the right emergency arise.
Imodium, Ibuprofen, Dramamine, Etc. Sometimes during long trips, your head hurts. Other times your stomach starts making the sounds of a beluga whale that’s washed ashore. What is worse; imagine feeling nauseous for a 7-hour road trip! So for those instances where you ate something at a gas station you know you shouldn’t have, be sure to carry these cheap over the counter meds with you!
Tire Chains and Folding Shovel You might live somewhere like Los Angeles or Miami and think: I’ll never be in snow, so I’ll never need these, right? WRONG!! Unexpected snow is all apart of the road trip experience. And this is especially true if you ever need to drive through mountain passes! So make sure you and your convertible BMW 330Ci are prepared for any unexpected snowstorm during your adventures!