Take good care of your car and you will drive it longer! Carrying a few items handy in the trunk can save you a trip to the repair shop and help you learn how to be hands-on checking some elementary things around the car.
- Scissor jack
Probably the #1 item to always have in your vehicle. If your tire blows and you have a spare, you will be able to change it yourself with the scissor jack, without having to call road assistance. With a bit of practice, you can change a tire in about ten minutes! If possible, make sure to park the car in a place where you can safely maneuver.
- Anti-tire puncture spray / compressor kit
This will be helpful if you do not have a spare or if you do not know how to change the punctured tire. Always having a compressor kit in your vehicle will allow you to proceed quickly and get back on the road in no time. Some are equipped with a gauge on top of the sealant and will allow you to fill the tire to the proper pressure. Still, do not forget to stop at the shop to get a new tire as the sealant action will last only a few days.
The coolant is a liquid whose purpose is to protect your engine from extreme cold or hot temperature, thus helping it run longer. It basically prevents the engine from both overheating and freezing. Not adjusting the level of coolant on a regular basis can lead to some expensive damage to the engine. There are different kind of coolants, specific to your car model so make sure to pick the right one!
- A resqme ® car escape tool
“Be prepared for emergencies” is our motto! As we always say, we hope you will never have to use it, but it is always good to be equipped for the unexpected. Our little seat belt cutter and window breaker does not take any room and can be placed on your keys or in various spots around the car such as the head rest, sun visor or even the gear lever. Compact and efficient, it can really make a difference if you find yourself entrapped in your car under the water or after a rollover. Remember though, it only works on TEMPERED glass!
- Jumper cable and battery charger
A must have! Nothing is more annoying than not being able to start the car because the battery is dead. With a battery charger you will not even need another car to recharge the battery. Hook up the positive and negative cable to their respective terminals on the charger and set to the slowest charger rate. Be aware though, that it can take up to a few hours to fully charge the battery.