According to many auto experts, you should always keep some basic essentials in your car for various situations which may arise. Even though no one likes to think this way, having these items can be very beneficial to handle the unexpected with a degree of smoothness and assured nature.
Here is a list in no particular order:
- Spare tire (on the wheel, even if it is a doughnut) along with the tire iron & jack to raise and lower the car off the ground. Be sure that you know how to change a spare tire and don’t lose the lug nuts!
- Flashlight with spare batteries and/or a spare bulb. Usually the unexpected happens at night or in bad weather or other low-visibility surroundings, so have a source of light readily available
- A swiss army knife, a “leatherman” type of tool or other small tool kit to help you make minor fixes or repairs
- A cell phone car charger to prevent your phone’s battery from dwindling when you will need it most
- A first aid kit, even if it is just a small one
- Pens/pencils and paper
- Consider keeping a spare blanket somewhere in case your car stops working somewhere cold and/or at night. Store it in a manner so that it stays clean
- A small umbrella
- Some amount of emergency cash that you almost “forget” that you have unless you absolutely need it
- Keep a small poncho or other rain jacket in the car. Perhaps you can store it with/alongside the blanket
- Keep a small amount of any needed medication in case you get stranded. Be careful about transporting medicine across state/county lines without documentation from your doctor, and be sure to store it in a manner that is cool & dry. Be certain to throw it away if it has expired and do not operate the car if the medicine says not to operate machinery. Again, you are keeping the medicine for emergency purposes if you get stranded and cannot make it to your home or office to access your primary place that you store your meds
- Any needed auto fluids such as power steering fluid, antifreeze or other similar items. Please know how to store these and do everything you can to refrain from storing combustible materials like gasoline (even in a gas can) in your car if at all possible
There are several other items to consider, so call AAA or your local (or state) authority on driving for a list of approved suggestions. One good way to prevent unexpected stranded situations while driving alone is to get your car checked regularly by trained technicians. For one in the North Dallas/Collin County area then click here.