The essentials: 10 essential accessories you should always carry in your car
Let our cars everywhere. We make long trips, or just go every day to work mounted on them. Cars are an essential part of our lives, and as practical objects which they are facilitate our lives. But they are not as practical without accessories like a good mobile phone holder or a tool kit. We have prepared a list of "essential" you should always carry in your car. Unless a trackday - take away a kilo before I knew a horse, right?
1) A good charger for mobile phone
We can not live without our mobile phones. And their batteries have a bad habit of downloading quickly, especially if you're using navigation apps, and location-intensive mobile data usage. I recommend you always keep in the car cigarette lighter charger, and if you can choose one that has two - There are some even four - USB outputs, to charge multiple devices simultaneously. Use it to charge laptop batteries, GoPro cameras ... all device with USB power cable.
2) A lantern
It is an essential accessory. Will help you find "lost" objects in the trunk and give you light when you need to see what happened under the hood. Imagine finding a spot on a dark wheel. Yes, many phones have flashlight app, but a good rechargeable flashlight - with powerful LED light - it is much more effective: you may not have the phone battery. Also it is an indispensable ally in rural or dark zones. You do not want to step on a puddle, waste or animal dung.
3) Oil, coolant, wiper
Especially for long trips, it is advisable to carry in your car coolant, engine oil and windscreen washer fluid. Purchase a small plastic box and bring them in the trunk, not securely fastened to dance in the corners. You never know if your car can develop a leak of fluid in your trip, or if you consume more oil than you thought. Thinks the long journeys with heavy load - especially in summer - are ordeals for the car, they put their mechanical resistance limit.
4) Gripper for battery
Maybe your battery is in good condition, but maybe your friend's car - or the family that has been pulled into a gas station - needs an injection of electricity. Tong will let dead batteries back to life, and I will draw trouble if your car runs out of battery. We all can happen to us, without notice. The cables are cheap, but if you have more budget, there are some laptop batteries with sufficient capacity to start a car. Yes, usually it costs about 100 euros or more.
5) A first aid kit
Some cars all come as standard, but we always recommend to have in the car a first aid kit. It must not be expired - not worth that to catch the car kit old grandfather - and must be accompanied by their small instruction manual. You can make the difference between stop bleeding quickly or go into shock. Not only can it be used in case of accident, maybe you've hiked and you've made a cut with some rocks. Treating time makes the difference wound and avoids much greater problems.
6) American Tape and its reflection, a can of WD-40
A American tape You can "save your ass" in countless situations. Set in place a rear view mirror to which they have given a blow, or prevent discards defense in case of a small hit in town. you can safely keep your car have to go on crane. You can "patch" temporarily broken sleeves, or replace lost caps. The WD-40 allows the mobility of stuck parts: the hinge starts making noise, this lock is stuck. Essential.
7) A fistful of dollars (or euros)
cold hard cash. For possible emergencies. Maybe for some reason, your cards have been demagnetized and you look hard pressed to pay a single toll highway. Or even at a gas station to have a coffee and do not support card payments in smaller amounts to 6 euros - more common than it seems. Personally, I usually take about 5 euros in coins and maybe a ticket for 20 euros, stored in a box in the glove compartment. On more than one occasion they have made a difference.
8) A small extinguisher one kilo
I think all cars should have standard fire extinguisher. Some of the press cars we tested come with a small fire extinguisher included in the trunk or under one of the front seats. What may start as a fool fire by a short circuit or some fuel spilled on a hot part of the engine, you can stop your car completely burnt if you do not intervene in time. A kilo extinguisher is small, lightweight and costs just over 20 euros in any supermarket.
9) A support for your phone on the dashboard
If your car has no connection or mirror MirrorLink Android Auto / Apple carplay, and intend to use its navigation functions - we all do - you need good support for your phone. There are brackets that attach by a powerful suction cup to the windshield, and allow at all times have good visibility of your screen. In these times where smartphones are our infotainment center, seems an essential accessory. Make sure the charging cable not entangled in the steering wheel or other controls.
10) A basic toolkit
You do not need the toolkit of a mechanic in the back of a car, but a small mechanical kit, consisting of some wrenches, screwdrivers, etc. Tools that allow you to make as basic as things change a flat tire, replace wiper blades - in older cars without quick release mechanisms - or remount a component that has been loosened for any reason. Not everything will be smart phones and fire extinguishers.
Did we forget something?
These are the 10 elements that we consider essential, but there are other recommended accessories: a pair of gloves, a towel, rags, an old to protect the trunk, water or some energy bars, without going any further carpet. It may also be advisable to have on board a small portable compressor to check the tire pressure without having to go to a gas station. Anyway, I urge you to leave us your suggestions and observations in the comments section.