There are a number of items that make a whole lotta sense to keep in your car. Some of them are emergency related but some just make sense from a convenience point of view. We discussed this with our friends at Paul Conte Chevrolet of Freeport, a local Chevrolet dealer in Freeport, NY and came up with a list that you might want to consider.
You should store your vehicle registration, proof of car insurance, the car’s owner’s manual, and your AAA (or roadside assistance card) permanently in the glove box. You never know when you might need some or more of these docs.
Yes, your smart phone has a spare light but you can’t always rely on it because your battery could be dead. It’s smart to invest in a high-quality LED flashlight—and be sure to replace the batteries regularly.
You know, for those times when you spill your coffee or accidentally spray SPF all over your car seat instead of your shoulder. In fact, for big-time messes, consider keeping a sizable clean rag in the trunk. You never know when you may need to wipe up a real big mess (think children.)
Spare phone chargers:
Of course, your cell phone is going to die when you need it most. Execute a pre-emptive strike and keep a 12V charger in your car. The trick is to actually leave it there and not be tempted to carry it away with you. Since there might be others in your car that want to charge their phone, you can get a 12 Volt adapter with 2 USB ports on it for just 3-4 dollars.
Even if you are not real handy, it’s always a good idea to have a small tool kit in the car. Sometimes a screwdriver or wrench can be a tremendous help for an unexpected car repair on the road. You may find that you aren’t actually performing any repairs, it could be performed by a passenger or a good Samaritan that has stopped to help you out.
Coupons and gift cards
Bet you haven’t thought of this one. Instead of keeping your coupons and gift cards in the kitchen drawer where they are never remembered, keep them in your car. Throw them all in a baggie and the next time you think, “I wish I had that gift card with me,” you actually will.
This one isn’t a critical item but keeping a rain poncho and umbrella can really save the day if starts to rain. Same goes for when the temperature drops unexpectedly. Keep an old sweatshirt in the trunk and you’ll be ready for some cool weather.
Pen and paper
It’s always practical to keep a small notebook and pen in your glove box. It can come in handy more often than you think—like when you have to write your kid a gym note or sign a permission slip, or gather information from the other party when a fender-bender occurs.
First aid kit
Hopefully you won’t ever need it but having a first aid kit is always a good idea. Chances are you won’t need it because of a car-related incident. It’s more likely you’ll need it when you are at one of the kid’s soccer games or you stop to help someone else. You can buy small first aid kits at most pharmacies and big box stores.
You probably have this covered but always keep a handful of spare change in the car. Then it will be there when you are at a toll booth or parking with a coin-operated meter.