Your car would already have a safety kit – a spare tire and the tools needed to fix it, warning triangle and owner’s manual. But here are 7 essential things you never knew you needed that will be a great help when you’re in a jam. These simple items make all the difference between plain safety and general satisfaction. Do you have them in your car?
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While smartphones have pretty much made the flashlight obsolete for our generation, there’s no denying its usefulness come a dark and stormy night when you’ve got a flat tire and your phone battery is in the red. Do yourself a favour and stash a small penlight in your glove compartment to avoid this real life horror story.
2. A Bottle of Water
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Not only is it great for moments where you’re thirsty and stuck in the mother of all traffic, it’s also very handy when your car has overheated. Simply add in water into the engine or radiator after it’s cooled down. Other unexpected benefits – a handy mobile toilet for guys in a moment of extreme desperation!
3. Fire Extinguisher
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This simple purchase can be stop a small accident from turning into a true disaster. Be sure to get a Class B-certified fire extinguisher as those are created to deal with flammable liquids like patrol.
4. Rain Poncho
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In the event of a flat tire in pouring rain, the decision to spend RM2 on that rain poncho from the convenience store will prove to be one of your wisest investments ever. You’ll never think the umbrella is enough after this.
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From wiping your car down to wiping yourself down, a single towel can hold so many benefits to car owners. It can also serve as a warning flag to other motorists when your car breaks down, a blanket in an emergency or in the rare event of your car getting stuck in mud, a traction aid to pull your tire out. Most Malaysians will already know this but that same towel can also become a makeshift curtain to block out the heat during long car rides.
6. Traffic Cones
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Most cars come equipped with a warning triangle to be used in the event of a break down. But with additional mini traffic cones, your safety is further guaranteed, particularly if you have the misfortune of breaking down at a sharp or unlitted bend. These are not the heavy road traffic cones, rather the mini cones used in sports during school days or bootcamp classes. Place them 50 metres apart for additional safety.
7. Emergency Money and List
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Consider this the emergency stash for a bad day when you’ve woke up in a rush and left home without your phone or wallet. With the emergency money and list of top 10 numbers you most often contact, you’ll be able to guarantee that you won’t be completely left stranded on that day.
These 7 crucial items can be easily stored compactly under the front seat or in the car boot, particularly in the space where the spare tire is held. What other essential items would you add to this list?