When you want to be safe while you’re on the road then you’re going to want to keep certain tools available within your car. It’s all well and good to have a huge number of tools back in your garage, but if your car breaks down or you’re in a crash, they’re not much good to you.
The key is to find some very good quality, practical tools that won’t take up much real estate. They’ll save you time and give you peace of mind.
· Mogix digital tire gauge with flashlight – you’re going to want to have this handy tool within reach of you at all times. Tuck it into the door storage compartment on the driver’s side, for example. It has everything you need to check your tire inflation (both day and night since it also has a flashlight). Its tread depth gauge lets you know whether you’re still driving on tires fit for the road. It also has you covered in case the worst should happen because it features a seatbelt cutter and glass hammer that could be critical in escaping acrushed vehicle or one that is sinking in water.
· Kobalt Multi-Drive Wrench – this single wrench has pretty much everything you need for dozens of sizes of nuts and bolts. It has a massive number of sizes, features and possibilities. If you need to loosen it or tighten it, this will do it, all from a small 10 inch auto tool.
· Duct tape – this may sound silly, but no auto emergency tool kit should be without it. It can provide a temporary fix for a shocking number of problems. When you’re seriously in a bind, this can be enough to get you to a repair shop.
· Jumper cables – you may not think you’ll ever suffer from a dead battery, but when it happens, you’ll give yourself a pat on the back for having decided to throw a set of jumper cables into your trunk.
· Thermal blanket – these are usually made of wool or mylar. The mylar option takes up only a tiny amount of space but is highly effective. Wrap it all the way around you and the reflectivity of the sheet will hold your body heat in. Equally, it can keep hot sunlight out. When you’re really stuck, it can also serve as an emergency reflector.