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Owning a car is a major benefit when it comes to convenience, and gives you the ability to get to where you want to be, whenever you want to be there, easily.
It can also be expensive as cars need fuel, taxing, insuring and maintenance, so it pays to invest in some of the many gadgets and tools that can help you out if you find you are in trouble or broken down. Let’s have a look at some of the essential items that car owners really should invest in.
Mobile Phone – if you already have a mobile phone, make sure you carry it with you when you are in the car. This applies especially if you are going on a long journey, or to places that you are unfamiliar with. A mobile allows you to keep in contact with others, and should be kept fully charged – you can charge them in your car using an adapter – and is an essential item in terms of safety.
Tyre Pressure Gauge – the tyres are among the most important parts of your car when it comes to maintenance, and need to be in excellent condition if you are to get the best performance and fuel consumption from your car. This means making sure the pressure in your tyres is as prescribed by the manufacturers, so a cheap tyre pressure gauge is a great investment.
Working Heater – especially in the winter months, a working heater in your car is essential. If you do happen to break down you will find it very useful indeed, and if you have other passengers they will appreciate it too. You might also want to invest in heated car cushions which are not expensive and can make life easier and more comfortable in cold weather.
Battery Charger – if your car stands idle for long periods of time you might want to have a battery charger in your garage. Batteries will lose charge if not used, and a charger can be an essential item if you want to get moving again. These are not expensive, and make an excellent addition to your tool kit.
De-Icer – in the cold months of the year you will find the windows are iced-over, and you need to clear them efficiently if you are to drive safely. Use a de-icer – do not pour boiling water on the screen as this may crack the glass- and wait until you have a clear windscreen before you drive, as it is illegal to do so without proper vision, and also dangerous for you and other road users.
Torch – always carry a torch in your car in case you are stranded in the dark. You can use it to both see and be seen, and make sure it is one with live batteries in at all times. Keep it in the glove compartment for easy access, and check it regularly; it is one of those simple items that you may find to be more useful than you might have believed.
Spare Tyre or Repair Kit – always check your spare tyre when checking those on the car, and make sure you have the correct jack and equipment to change a wheel if needed. If your car is one that does not carry a spare, ensure you have the correct repair kit for use in the event of a puncture, or you could be in for an expensive shock.
Warning Triangle – in some countries, the law states that you must carry various items including a warning triangle – and sometimes a hi-vis jacket – in your car at all times, and we recommend that you do the same in the UK. It’s a great way of warning other drivers that you are stuck or broken down a little way ahead, and of getting yourself visible in the dark.9
Fuel – there are laws as to how much you can carry, but it is wise to carry a small amount of petrol or diesel in your car in case you should be unfortunate enough to run out.
Paint Repair Kit – our final suggestion is a cosmetic one, as you may find that small scratches are very expensive to get repaired professionally. Many can be done at home, and we found some reviews of the best car scratch removers at a site called Bestreviewer, which also has excellent reviews of a wide variety of motoring gadgets, household goods, travel items and more, and is worth checking out.
The above are some essential and practical items that we recommend you have to hand when travelling by car, and none are especially expensive so you can afford to make sure you have them in place for your journey, no matter how long or short it may be. Drive carefully, and stay safe!