Best Tools to Keep in Your Car

Posted in September 19th, 2016
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When driving, it’s always important to keep some essential tools handy in the car; women drivers on the road are often unfairly discriminated against for not being able to handle serious emergencies like breakdowns and other engine problems. However, this shouldn’t be the case, as any driver should be able to face up to challenges by keeping a good range of tools in their car – some of the more essential options to keep nearby range from spare tyres and kits to GPS devices and screwdriver sets, all of which should help you get back on the road as quickly as possible.

Below is a list of suggestions from UK New & Used MINI Dealers, Cooper MINI on what tools you should consider having in your car to keep you and your vehicle safe on the road.

Spare Tyre and Kit

You should have a spare tyre in your car, as well as a tyre pressure gauge and a jack – having a wooden block or other item to prop up your car and prevent it from moving while changing a tyre should also be essential if you want to get into good habits.

Flashlights

Useful to have if you need to check the engine in the dark, or if you break down without any nearby lights to guide you; waterproof flashlights are best, while it’s also important to have a store of batteries in the car.

GPS

Most people now have some kind of GPS or sat nav installed in their car, either through their smartphones, through a single device, or integrated into their dashboard; make sure you program yours regularly to get the right road updates.

Windshield Washer Fluid

A simple tool to have in your glove compartment, windshield washer fluid will make it much easier to stay on top of the condition of your car during bad weather, and when driving in dusty conditions.

First Aid Kit

Always try to have a first aid kit to hand for any type of accident; this should include basic supplies such as bandages, as well as light painkillers, gauze, and plasters – make sure that you update any medicines if not using for a long time.

Snow Kit

This can include everything from a small shovel for de-icing your car, through to heating solutions and other tools that can help you to clear off any ice and debris that’s built up around your car during the winter.

Screwdriver Set

Preferably, you need to have a multi head screwdriver for tightening and loosening screws – having an adjustable wrench is also recommended if you need to make any changes to your engine.

Fire Extinguisher

A portable fire extinguisher can be easily stored and brought out if you have engine problems; being able to put out a small fire is essential if you break down, and don’t have time to wait for emergency services.

Funnel

This device should be employed as a way of more easily piping oil into an engine in the event of a leak, and will make it much easier to fix problems.

Jumper Cables

Worth keeping as an antidote to a dead car battery, jumper cables and leads should be stored in your car, and used as a first choice if you don’t want to have to call in your breakdown cover.

Never assume that another nearby driver will have these to hand in an emergency.