Whilst we always hope for a smooth ride, there is always a chance that your car could break-down or, worse still, be involved in a collision. These items won’t take up too much room in your car boot and will really help to ease a bad situation. It’s worth taking the time to source them and then store them in your car boot.
1. A Well Stocked First-Aid Kit
Ensure that you always have a first aid kit stocked up with plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes, scissors, tweezers and paracetamol on board. Not only will these come in useful in the event of an accident, there could also be a call for them should you, or one of your passengers, injure yourselves when you’re exploring the vicinity that you’re parked in.
2. A Hazard Triangle
Keep a reflective hazard triangle in your boot so that you can pull it out in the event of an accident or breakdown to warn other drivers to drive around you. But, never use it on a motorway where your first priority should be getting yourself and your fellow passengers away from the traffic and off the road. On other quieter roads place the warning sign at least 45m behind your car.
3. Jump Leads
If your car battery should fail, the quickest way to get it moving again will be to jump start it by attaching jump leads, so if you have some on you it will be much easier to find a passing driver willing to help you out. You can also get jump leads that come with a battery pack. These are more expensive, but they mean that you don’t have to rely on another driver to jump start you. Make yourself familiar with how they work too, so that you can spring into action when they’re needed.
4. A Torch
Prevent draining your mobile phone battery by using it as a torch and keep a separate hand torch in your boot instead and regularly check the batteries. This will be invaluable when it comes to assessing the damage caused by a collision at night, or to jump starting your car battery in the dark.
5. A Spare Tyre if Necessary
Many new cars now have tyres that can run on flat for a limited time until you reach a place where you can have it fixed or replaced. If your car doesn’t have this facility, you should always carry a good condition spare tyre and the equipment needed to change it.
6. A Portable Mobile Phone Charger
Now that phone boxes are practically extinct, it is vital that your mobile phone is always charged up. Should you find that the battery is dead, a charged up portable phone charger could save the day in an emergency.
7. Food and Drink
Be prepared for the unlikely eventuality that you are left stranded for hours, by always having a fresh bottle of water on you and a few non-perishable snacks.