8 Things You Should Always Keep in Your Car

You already know you need to carry your license and registration in your car. But there are a few other items that we recommend you also keep packed. Having them just might help you if you end up in a car accident or encounter an emergency.

Best of all, you’ll find that most of the items on your list today won’t break the bank!

Item #1: USB Phone Charger

You never know when you might hit unexpected delays on your trip. Always keep a working USB phone charger in your car. Plus, take a few minutes and make sure to add emergency contact numbers, including your insurance company, AAA, and a towing company.

Item #2: Spare Tire

Besides a spare tire, make sure you have the necessary tools, including a car jack. And this should probably go without saying, but you should know how to use them before you need to.

Item #3: Jumper Cables

Most of us have had the unfortunate experience of discovering a dead car battery. A pair of jumper cables will cost you about $20 and ensure you are on your way sooner rather than later. If you’re willing to spend more, you could consider a portable power bank charger. This would enable you to jump start your own vehicle, without having to flag down another driver for assistance.

Item #4: Car Manual

Every car or truck is different, which is why we recommend you keep your manual in the glove box.

Item #5: First Aid Kit

It’s useful to have a simple first aid kit containing bandages, gauze, and alcohol wipes stores in your trunk or glove box. You might consider adding a few non-perishable snacks and bottled water to your kit as well.

Item #6: Emergency Triangles

You can find orange emergency triangles easily online. These pop-up, reflective signs alert other drivers if you’re having a roadside emergency. We prefer triangles to flares since they are safer to use and reusable.

Item #7: Reflective Vest

A reflective vest can keep you visible if your car breaks down at night and you need to exit your vehicle. Reflective vests are sold at many places. We’ve even spotted them at the dollar store before.

Item #8: Flashlight (and Batteries)

Keep a flashlight in your glove box or center console. This can be a useful item if you get a flat tire at night. Don’t forget the batteries!

Why not take some time right not to see if you have all these essential items in your car? For more tips on safe driving, see these tips on how to drive in inclement weather in Washington.

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