As a marvel of modern engineering and technology, your car gets you to where you want to go safely and efficiently. You don’t even give your vehicle a second thought until something goes wrong. For those rare occasions, you want to have the following items in your car, which can help keep you safe or speed you back on your way.
Flashlight. This is the single most important tool you can have when the sun goes down. Its light helps you locate pens that have rolled under your seat or keys that you dropped in the parking lot. Get one with a strap so that if you have to walk on a dark street, you can wear the flashlight on a belt loop or shoulder to remain visible to passing motorists.
Old walking shoes. When you need to walk on country roads or freeways to get help, you don’t want to be wearing high heels or dress shoes. With a pair of old sneakers in your car, you have something comfortable to change into.
Fire extinguisher. The most useful item to have if your engine suddenly bursts into flames. Be sure everyone has exited the vehicle before trying to use your extinguisher. You need to have it checked or replace at least once a year.
Canned tire inflator. When you get a flat, you ideally want to replace it with a new tire, assuming you have a spare one handy. Many newer cars don’t even have a spare tire, and you may not want to soil your business or party attire anyway. The canned tire inflator, which is available at many auto parts stores, temporarily seals any damage to your tire and inflates it so you can drive to your destination or a repair shop.