15 things you should always have in your car, but probably don't

Some of us have nothing in our car boots, while others have piles of useful junk and rubbish we dread to sort throw. But if you don’t have these 14 things on hand, you mightn’t be prepared if you’re in an emergency situation.

Here’s the most useful items to have on hand to deal with anything that happens on the road, aside from the typical bottle of water and jumper cables.

1. First aid kit

This one’s a bit obvious but all drivers need a first aid kit in their car!

2. Duct tape and WD-40

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Duct tape is the most useful tape on earth and has so many uses, as does WD-40. You’ll be glad you put it in.

3. Torch

I have a mini torch on my keyring but if you prefer, buy a battery operated one from your local hardware store and keep it in the glove box.

4. Multi-tool/Swiss army knife

You never know when you might need a screwdriver or some scissors.

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5. Tyre inflator and sealer

If you’ve just had a blow out and are losing air fast, this tyre inflator and sealant will help you until you can get to a mechanic.

6. Food 

Even if it’s just a muesli bar and some other non perishables, if you’re broken down for a while with screaming grandkids, an emergency supply can be worth the trouble.

7. Solar powered radio

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this one’s a bit obvious but so many people don’t have one in their car.

8. USB electric blanket

Need to spend a night in the car in the cold? No problems… just plug in your blanket!

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9. Poncho

You never know when you might need a poncho – even if it’s for outside the car i.e. a musical festival or concert.

10. Pencil and paper

If you’re car is bogged or needs to be left somewhere illegal or on someone else’s property, you’ll thank your lucky stars you had a pen and paper.


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12. Reflective triangle

In the UK, all drivers must carry a reflective triangle and position next to the accident or breakdown. Why not employ this logic here and put one up to warn other road users?

13. Spare key 

A tip from one of our Starts at 60 writers: duct tape or very safely secure a plain spare key (without the special lock) to the chassis. You never know when you might need it.

14. Tyre gauge

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If you need to check your tyre pressure in a hurry, especially after inflating, this little device is a godsend.

15. Seatbelt cutter/window breaker tool

Save your life with Resqme's Seatbelt Cutter/Window Breaker tool.

Hope that you’ll never need to use it, but always keep it around just in case.
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Tell us, what do you have in your car at all times?