The Top Ten Quintessential Things You Should Always Keep in Your Vehicle

No matter what year your vehicle is, malfunctions can happen. In the event that you blow a tire, or your battery dies, you need to be prepared. Though unpredictable, malfunctions can often be resolved relatively quickly with a few basic tools in your trunk. When it comes to driving, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Top ten integral tools to have in your vehicle at all times

1. A phone charger or USB

  • Ten years ago, this would have not been the first item on our list but today, in the age of technology, it is important that you not only have your phone but something to charge it within your vehicle. In an emergency, your cell phone will allow you to contact help and/or google information about your breakdown.

2. Jumper Cables

  • Whether you left your lights on, your USB cord plugged in or it’s just too darn cold for that battery to kick in, it is almost inevitable that at some point in your driving career your battery will die. Luckily this is an easy fix with a pair of jumper cables in your vehicle. All you have to do is ask a kind stranger for a jump and then follow your vehicle manual instructions to set the cables up. The kindness of a stranger and a good set of booster cables will have you on your way in no time.

3. A Spare Tire

  • Most new vehicles are equipped with a spare tire in the trunk or attached to the underside of your vehicle, but not all. Before heading out on the road we suggest ensuring that you have a spare tire and that its pressure is checked. You will save yourself a lot of money if you swap a flat on the road with your spare as opposed to calling a tow truck.

4. Water & Non-Perishable Snack

  • In the unlikely event that you end up stranded in your vehicle, it is SO important to have some water and non-perishable snack on hand. We like to store a couple of water bottles and granola bars or nuts in the back seat as that “just in case” insurance policy.

5. Anti-Freeze Windshield Washer Fluid

  • Calgary weather can be unpredictable and windshield washer fluid always seems to run out at the most inconvenient time. We suggest always keeping an extra bottle of windshield washer fluid in your vehicle for that unexpected June snowstorm that was never supposed to happen.

6. Blanket or Coat

  • Once again, in the unlikely nature that you are stranded or your vehicle malfunctions, it is important to have something warm to wear. Opt for a blanket or warm coat and keep it in your vehicle all year long.

7. Snow-Scraper

  • Calgary weather is unpredictable. Period.

8. First Aid Kit

  • Keeping a basic first aid kit equipped with bandages, scissors, gloves and antiseptic solution in your glove compartment is a safe and smart measure for your vehicle.

9. Tool Kit

  • You can buy a basic portable tool kit with a hammer, screwdriver, wrench and pliers in it. These tools should do the trick if you are ever in a pinch.

10. Car Jack

  • It’s pretty darn hard to change a flat tire without a car jack, so always keep one in your trunk. Jacks are relatively inexpensive and a great addition to have in your vehicle in the case of an emergency.
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