What are the Basic Things that Belong in Your Car?

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It is important to store some items in the car at all times so that you can pull yourself out of an unfortunate situation and keep your vehicle running smoothly. Lots of unexpected obstacles can occur on the road and if you are not prepared beforehand, you will be in much trouble. 

Especially when you are going on a trip or you live in a rural area where there are not many mechanics, the following list of items is crucial to have. The must-have items are divided into the categories of documentation, repairs, and safety. If you want to buy used cars for sale in Dubai, you can visit the CarSwitch website. 


Owner’s Manual

Make sure to always carry your owner’s manual and remember to know its place. The owner manual mentions crucial automotive information along with the info totally unique to your car. For instance, PSI levels recommended fuel, and more essential information is mentioned there. 

Car Repair Information

It is best to keep insurance claim forms, vehicle repair information, and AAA information at the same place. During the fixing or selling of your vehicle, car repair records are important to have. 

Registration, license, and insurance

This is common knowledge but when the new insurance card arrives in the mail, you might forget to store it in the vehicle. The law requires you to store your important documents and police officers usually ask for it too. The following documents should be kept in the glovebox, preferably in a file folder, to make all the rides smooth:

  • Emergency contact info
  • Owner’s manual
  • Insurance card
  • Vehicle maintenance receipts
  • Registration

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Vehicle Repairs and Maintenance

Spare tire, tire jack, and Lug Wrench

Even if these things are supposed to be grouped together, we will view them separately here. It’s annoying for drivers when they forget the jack in the garage or their spare tire has a flat. 

This is why it’s crucial to keep the tire jack, lug wrench, and spare tire in the vehicle. Since these three parts work with each other, store all of them. If your car has special locking lug nuts, you should store a lug nut key too. 

Jumper cables

What if your battery dies midway in the ride? No one will give you a jumpstart on the road. Therefore, you need to keep jumper cables and an emergency battery booster without which the engine won’t come back to life. 

Jumper cables are affordable which can save you from the inconvenience of a dead battery. By purchasing and jumpstarting the battery, you can rev the car again. 

Tire pressure gauge

This gadget is very useful. You can’t judge how much air needs to be added to a tire by visual observation only. But with a tire pressure gauge, it’s easy to discover. Even if a tire seems to have sufficient air, you should routinely check with the tire pressure gauge. If the tire pressure is well, you will gain the following benefits:

  • The car’s fuel efficiency will improve
  • Handling will be better
  • The lifetime of the tires will increase

Cleaning supplies, duct tape, and WD-40 are also important to carry. 

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First aid kit

No one knows what might happen on the road which is why you should always pack some medical supplies or first aid kit. The first aid kit should include gauze pads, Band-Aids, gloves, scissors, and ointment. There are pre-made kits available everywhere that you can keep in your car.

Tactical Flashlight

If you have to change a tire at night, it is impossible to do so without a tactical flashlight. All drivers have to carry maintenance at dark nights somewhere in their traveling history. Some flashlights require batteries too so keep additional batteries if you have one of those. 

Tactical flashlights are employed by the military and police. These emit more light and are ideal for self-defense too. 

Flares or reflective triangles

If you want extra nighttime visibility, you should buy reflective triangles and flares. These gadgets lower the chance of accidents by offering higher visibility during traffic. 


This tool includes a screwdriver, a sharp edge, and scissors to fix any situation. 

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