Whether you’re on a road trip or just popping to the shops in your used Audi, you never know what might happen on the road. Part of the battle with motoring is being prepared, no matter the weather or the traffic. Breakdowns can happen and no one is exempt from the possibility.
It pays to be prepared for unexpected situations. If you ever find yourself waiting for roadside assistance, having an emergency car kit can help fix minor issues or help keep you calm. In this article, we’ll look through some essentials for the ultimate car kit that could benefit everyone.
Our car battery is an important feature under the hood. It doesn’t just power our radios but also is responsible for our lights, indicators, and internal electrics. If the battery goes flat, your car will, at best, run sluggishly, but, at worst, won’t start at all.
Should this happen, keeping a set of jump leads in your car’s emergency kit can be a game changer. All you need is another car’s battery that you can connect the positive and negative nodes to, before starting your car and allowing your battery to recharge as the engine runs.
It’s also helpful to identify where your battery is in your car, as research from Toolstation has found that 16% of 25- to 34-year-olds can’t point it out. This will help speed up the process should you need to get it working again.
We’re used to cold weather in the UK, but even still, there have been plenty of cold snaps that may have surprised motorists. In March 2023, record-breaking temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees Celsius were reported across the UK. And with cold weather comes snow and ice, meaning that visibility can be affected and your windscreen and windows can ice up.
An ice scraper is a cost-effective solution to these worries, so it should always be included in any emergency car kit.
A small toolbox
Are we saying you need to be a licensed mechanic and know everything there is about fixing a car? No, of course not. Would a small toolbox equipped with some multi-purpose tools for emergency situations be incredibly useful for any car? Absolutely.
The internet is a helpful tool when it comes to identifying and advising on how to fix motoring problems. Combining this with carrying a small toolbox in the boot of your car could mean that if there’s a particular screw or bolt loose, you’ll know how to fix it safely and do so.
It’s up to you what you put in there, but it could range from hex and Allen key sets to screwdrivers and wrenches. A torch is also a great idea, and if you can find one that will stand freely so it can light your point of view, even better.
Food and water
Hydration and sustenance are something we often forget about during our busy lives. But one thing we should consider preparing for ourselves more is having a rainy-day snack kit. This can be as simple as a couple of bottles of water and your favourite snacks.
The important thing is to make sure if you do build yourself an emergency snack kit in your car is that you’re checking expiry dates. There’s nothing worse than wanting to treat ourselves to a quick bite only to see that eating it might make you feel a bit worse for wear.
A small cooler box or lunchbox would be a great way to keep everything at a stable temperature and in one place in your boot. Then all you have to do is stock up when you’re at the shops and you’re ready!
This might be the most important suggestion we make considering the modern, technology-centred world we live in. Whether it’s your phone, laptop, or tablet, they all need to be charged up to work. The only thing worse than our car needing assistance is our electronics dying, especially if they’re our only option for entertainment or communication.
External batteries and portable chargers are a lifesaver in these situations and are incredibly useful in everyday life. This is especially true if your work requires heavy use of technology, like a work laptop, so it helps to carry one even if your vehicle is brand new.
The best part of tech being so prevalent is that you can pay for what you need with external batteries. If you don’t use your electronics as much, you can buy a cheaper model that will provide less charge with one or two USB outlets. In comparison, spending more will get you a battery pack that could provide days of charge with several outlets to charge multiple devices at once.