Are you prepared every time you set out on the road? Go through this checklist to cover the basics of what you need to keep in your trunk and glove compartment.
1. Spare Tire
Life happens, so be prepared for a flat tire by keeping a spare along with a tire jack and tire iron.
2. Tire Puncture Sealant
In a pinch, putting sealant on simple punctures could do the job until you get to a safer location, according to Kelley Blue Book.
3. Jumper Cables
Make sure you pack a pair that's long enough to connect two vehicles that are awkwardly placed in case you're stuck. Check out jump-starting instructions here.
4. Lug Wrench
Find a full-sized wrench that will definitely do the job if you need to get the lug nuts off the flat tire--many cars come with wrenches that aren't big enough.
5. Tire Pressure Gauge
Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month if not every other week.
Stash some extra batteries along with the flashlight to be truly prepared.
7. Owner's Manual
This is Driving 101, but definitely keep the physical owner's manual in your glove compartment just in case.
Keep a map of the state you're driving in for when your smartphone fails you.
9. First Aid Kit
It's important to be prepared for car maintenance, but don't forget about your passengers. Stash a first aid kit in the glove compartment or under the seat for unexpected emergencies.
10. Snowbound Supplies
Depending on much snow your area gets, being prepared in case you get stuck in the snow could be life or death. You'll want to keep an ice scraper and broom along with a brightly colored cloth to tie around your antenna as a distress signal if you can't get out. Be sure to check out the AutoWorldNews guide to surviving this worst-case scenario.