While we are normally in favor of keeping the number of stored items in a car to a minimum, there are a few things that we think drivers should always be sure to bring along. Find out what we think are the 5 essential items you should always have stored in your vehicle below.
5 Items You Should Always Have Stored In Your Vehicle
Keeping jumper cables, and other emergency maintenance tools like a car jack and spare tire, stored in your car can make it less likely that you end up stranded on the side of the road or in a parking lot. Don’t assume that someone else will have these tools available for you to use when needed. Automotive dealerships and supply stores sell a variety of roadside emergency kits with jumper cables that can be easily tucked in the trunk or cargo area.
First Aid Kit
If you are only going to add two items to your car, let it be a roadside emergency kit with jumper cables and a first aid kit. First aid kits are essential to keeping everyone in your car safe and protected, especially in the case of an accident or an injury. A variety of first aid kits are available on the market and are also easy to make yourself on a budget.
We like to have our owner’s manual handy in the place where we need it most – the car! It’s easy to keep tucked away in your glove compartment for easy access when we need to troubleshoot something that is going wrong.
Whether you are stranded on the side of the road and need to walk for help or were invited to a last-minute activity, keeping a pair of sneakers tucked in the back of your car can be a lifesaver. We like to tuck them into a small container that also houses our first aid kit and snacks, so they don’t roll around in the back.
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Water and Snacks
We always have a stash of water bottles and snacks tucked into the back of our car. Not only are they great for busy mornings or to feed hungry toddlers, but they can keep you full and energized in the case of an emergency.
Keep following the Coast to Coast Motors blog for more tips and tricks and be sure to visit one of our dealership locations in Oklahoma or Texas the next time you are in the market for a quality pre-owned vehicle.