No one can predict when their car will break down; especially if it happens miles away from any help. It’s always the best choice to be prepared for any vehicle-related issues that can happen on the road and ones that can easily be prevented or repaired with a few essential DIY kits.
Jumper cables and a battery-powered car jump starter
You can never know when your car batteries might die on you. Having jump starter cables in your trunk is an absolute necessity, but the downside is that you will still need the assistance of another vehicle in order to revive a dead battery. A battery-powered jump starter will solve this issue for you.
If you drive a car, you have got to learn how to change a tyre; and you’ve got to have the tools to do that. You can never know how bad the roads can get that could give you a flat. Apart from the necessity of carrying a spare tyre that is in good condition, you should always have tyre changing tools ready and handy when the situation calls for it.
A multitool kit:
You don’t need to know a lot about car repair to have one, but it doesn’t make it any less invaluable and sensible to have a toolkit in your car. Whether it is for camping or for basic repairs in and around your car, or even just needing something heavy to smash open windows or to cut out seat belts in cases of emergencies, having a kit with multiple tools will help you be prepared for various uncertainties.
A first-aid kit is perfect for providing on the spot medical care for light injuries or just to provide sustainable care until help arrives. A good, quality first-aid kit should contain everything you’ll need to tend to minor wounds, burns, sprains and other injuries. Purchase a kit that comes with medicines to treat allergic reactions, diarrhoea, pain, fever and minor ailments.
Headlamp and gloves:
Have a good pair of solid gloves that will provide ample protection from sharp objects, heat or cold, but will still allow your hands to stay flexible. Never handle tools with wearing proper protection. While you might think you could just use your car’s headlights or even your phone’s flashlight, never rely on their durability and always have a good long-lasting headlamp that is kept fully charged.
Store either flares or a reflective triangle in your trunk, so other drivers will be aware that you are on the side of the road in the dark with a broken-down car. Other necessities you should always have in your car includes maps, extra water bottles, a blanket, rope, phone charger and even spare money hidden away.
You rather always be safe than sorry and being prepared and having all the essentials will help you drive stress-free and enjoy your travels more because you know that if anything should happen you have everything you need to handle it.