Driving a car is not all about being able to go quickly from one place to another or taking the highway at high speed every once in a while. A shocking amount of people drive a car without taking the most basic precautions that one should take when sitting behind the wheel. Owning or regularly driving a vehicle is a matter of responsibility and the maintenance of said vehicle should be a top priority for you, both for your safety and others’. Below, we go into detail about 5 things every driver should keep handy either in their car or in their garage. Let’s take a look.
Even if it is for general culture’s sake, everyone should learn how to change a tire. An essential piece of equipment to do this is a tire jack, which, if you don’t know anything about cars, you may know as the thing that helps you lift or “jack up” a car. It’s not terribly difficult to operate, but it is indeed necessary to change a tire because you cannot possibly do it without lifting the affected tire so it’s not touching the ground.
Tools are essential for any mechanical issue that you or a mechanic might want to check on your car if it starts to act up all of the sudden. A toolbox for vehicles will often include various wrenches, screwdrivers, adaptable extensions, and pieces of different sizes that can fit and disassemble parts of your car in every imaginable nook and cranny. It’s best to carry it with you and not needing it than needing it and not having it with you.
Running out of gas is something that hopefully won’t ever happen to you, but in the hypothetical scenario that it does happen, you need to be able to go get gas for your car and a recipient to bring it along with you. Getting the best gas can available to you is paramount, for it is something designed to store flammable substances and it needs to be stored and transported as safely as possible. Some people recommend keeping it in your garage instead of your car, but you can attach it to your spare tire to avoid any unintentional spills.
Battery malfunction is among the most common problems for car owners, and a dead battery is a seemingly complicated problem that can be solved fairly easily with a good pair of jumper cables. A good Samaritan at the parking lot or on the road your battery died can help you revive your battery with power from their car in less than 5 minutes, but you need to have the cables with you in the first place!
Finally, the warning triangle is a piece of equipment we all know as a standard piece of road safety equipment, yet not many of us keep one handy on our cars nowadays. It’s technically regulation that every car should carry a warning triangle on board at all times in case of any road accident, but in any case, if you don’t have one, go get one now. It’s a small effort to prevent a worse accident in the long run.