Car servicing: 8 emergency items to carry in your car

Car service guide: 8 Must-Have Items to Keep in Your Car

Whether you're a daily commuter or an adventure enthusiast, having a well-prepared car can make all the difference in unexpected situations. From unexpected breakdowns to sudden weather changes, being equipped with the right items can ensure your safety and comfort. Here’s a list of essential items to carry in your car to keep you prepared for anything that comes your way.

1.  First Aid Kit and Medication

 A well-stocked first aid kit with plasters, antiseptic wipes and basic medication can be a life saver in emergency situations.

2. Flashlight and Batteries

A reliable flashlight and extra  batteries are essential for night time emergencies or when you need to check your vehicle in low light conditions.

3.  Blanket and Warm Clothing  (including a high vis!)

 Keep a warm blanket, jacket, and  gloves in your car to stay cozy during cold weather or unexpected  stops. This can make life much more comfortable when you've broken down and are waiting for vehicle repairs or recovery. We would also recommend carrying a rain poncho to for seriously wet weather situations. Make sure you've also packed high visibility clothing to alert other drivers to your presence in the event of an accident.

4.  Non-Perishable Snacks and Water   

 Pack non-perishable snacks like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruits, along with a few bottles of water, to keep you nourished and hydrated during an unexpected delay.

5. Basic tools and a spare wheel

Perhaps the most important thing to carry in your car is a spare wheel and tool kit. This includes screw drivers, basic sockets and your jack. Do not forget your locking wheel nuts either.

6. Jumper Cables

In the winter period especially, you are likely to suffer from a failed battery. This can catch you out even if you have your car serviced regularly. A pair of jumper cables or a jump start pack are essential in getting going again unless you want to wait for a recovery truck.

7.  Road Flares or Reflective Triangles     

 Improve your visibility and safety during emergencies by using road flares or reflective triangles to  alert other drivers. This is most useful for break downs occurring on dark, poorly lit roads or where you are an obstruction. 

8. Cell Phone Charger and Power Bank 

Always have a charged phone by  carrying a car charger and a power bank to stay connected in case of  emergencies.

Conclusion: Preparedness for a Safer Journey

Carrying these essential items in your car can provide peace of mind and ensure you're ready for various situations on the road. Regularly check and update your kit to ensure everything is in good condition and within its expiry date. Stay safe, stay prepared, and enjoy your journeys with confidence!

Remember if you do need car repairs or car servicing in Southampton you can contact us for help with all of your motoring needs.

Disclaimer: This list is a general guideline, and it's essential to customise your emergency kit based on your specific needs and the climate of your region.

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