Be prepared

Posted on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 by CarTakeBack

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How many times have you been caught out and stranded in your car and an obvious missing item could have saved your day. We've all had a moment like that, so we've put together a list of things to keep in your car so you're always prepared.


An easy one to start with is an umbrella. Rain can sometimes catch us by surprise, so a small umbrella in the boot of your car could save you from getting soaked. Maybe you could also add a raincoat or wet weather if you live in a particularly wet area.

Spare tyre

How about checking if you have a spare tyre, a jack and change tools. Some people these days leave changing a flat tyre to their Auto Association but if the spare is missing or flat it could turn into an expensive and inconvenient event.

Car jack being used for replacing flat tyre


We don't always break down during daylight hours so having a torch available will assist you changing that tyre in the dark. They don't take up much space and you can also get one with a magnet or one that fits on your head, so your hands are free to change that tyre!

Mobile phone

Today the most common thing we turn to when we're in need is a mobile phone, so if travelling always make sure you take it with you and ensure it is charged. A mobile can save your life, particularly if you are involved in an accident or stranded in your car. Remember not to use it while you're driving though!

mobile phone with broken down car

Safety kit

Most cars don't have a safety kit but it is a worthwhile investment. They generally contain a reflective triangle, to display if the car breaks down in a dangerous location, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and some can contain a temporary tyre inflator. A very handy inclusion in your boot!

Other bits

Other handy must haves are, pen and paper, picnic blanket, wet ones to clean up after the kids, maps and street directory in case your GPS breaks) and your owner's manual to help find what's wrong with your car if a warning light appears.

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