7 essential items to keep inside your car's breakdown kit

7 essential items to keep inside your car's breakdown kit

There is nothing more frustrating than your vehicle breaking down while you are on the road. This is especially the case if you are in an area without mobile signal. It is essential to ensure you have an emergency breakdown kit in your vehicle, as you never know when a breakdown can occur. Of course, in a lot of instances you’ll need to get in touch with a breakdown recovery service, such as the one offered by Magic Spanners, but having the right items in your car will certainly help make the situation less stressful. Below, we take a look at seven essential items you simply must keep inside your vehicle’s breakdown kit.

1. Spare Tyre

The first thing you need to have in your emergency breakdown kit is a spare tyre.

Make sure it’s in good condition and, of course, you will need all of the tools required to change a tyre, including a tyre iron and jack. Some wheels require a special security key, so if yours do, keep this in your vehicle at all times.

2. A USB mobile device charger

Carrying a USB mobile charger in your vehicle is always advised.

If you break down and your phone has little to no battery left, you could find yourself in an extremely difficult situation. How are you meant to contact a breakdown recovery service? With a charger, you can ensure you remain connected throughout.

3. A reflective triangle

Unfortunately, we can’t often control where we break down.

In some cases, you may be able to make it to an area that is out of the way of oncoming traffic, but this is not always the case. This is why you should invest in a reflective triangle and include it in your breakdown kit, as this will ensure you do not get hit by traffic. (I would re-word this)

4. Torch

There is nothing worse than attempting to restart your vehicle in the middle of the night.

If you don’t have a torch, you will have no hope. Whether you use it to take a look at your engine, or simply to read a book until help arrives, you’re sure to be glad you put one in the car – and don’t forget to pack spare batteries too.

5. Your vehicle’s manual

You should keep your manual in your vehicle at all times anyway. But, some people decide to store the manual in their home or, even worse, they have no clue where it is. Your manual is important because it will contain all of the necessary details about your vehicle, which can be really useful if there is a problem. For example, if the oil light has come on your dashboard, it could simply be because you are running low. Your manual will state the type of oil you need to use for your vehicle.

6. A multi-tool

You should also invest in a multi-tool, as this will contain the likes of a screwdriver, a small knife, and other handy tools for repair work. There are a range of multi tools available, some tailored specifically for motorists to carry – and some even include a safety hammer should you need to break a window.

7. Jump cables

It is also a good idea to carry jump cables with you.

After all, a dead battery happens to the best of us. Of course, with jump cables, you are relying on a Good Samaritan to come along and help you. Instead, you may want to carry an emergency battery booster as an effective alternative.

So there you have it: seven essential items you should keep in your vehicle so that you are prepared in the event of an emergency. Of course, there are plenty of other items that are worth including, such as a blanket, emergency money, tissues, a window breaker and seatbelt cutter, car repair information, tyre pressure gauge, and a tyre inflator and sealer, but these 7 are absolute must haves to make it safer and easier to bear should you break down – no matter where you are.

Posted By JenniferA

Updated : 24th January 2017 | Words : 682 | Views : 1821

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