These days approximately 75% of households have a car and although we don't like to think about our cars braking down or getting into an accident, but sadly sometimes it happens. On occasions, these accidents or break downs are unpreventable and all we can do is deal with the consequences.
I have compiled a list of basic bits that it is recommended you keep in your car. That way if the worse were to happen, at least you will be prepared.
The first thing is a spare tire. Don't forget to also have a tire iron and tire jack as without these a spare tire is useless. If you have these things it could save you time and money if you change your tire yourself. There are many YouTube tutorials to help with a tire change or hope a good Samaritan is there to help.
The second thing is a jump cables. Sometimes batteries die at the most inconvenient times. I was once on a ferry when the car battery died! Luckily we had jump leads and we were able to get the car off the ferry. Carrying jump leads in your car can mean you are relying on a good Samaritan and not your breakdown cover which again can save time and money.
You should also carry around your break down cover information. When you get your renewal information through the post, make sure you put it in your car. It could get you help sooner if something were to happen and means you don't have to search for a contact number.
Always have high visibility products in your car. If your batteries goes when you are travelling at night, it could mean your stranded at the side of the road with no lights which could be dangerous. Your car should have a reflective triangle, high visibility top or at the very least a torch.
For years I thought that a sign saying 'baby on board' was a little pointless and most people don't even noticed them. However I was recently made aware that these signs can quickly warn emergency services that there maybe a passenger who is unable to help themselves in the event of an accident. If you have young children a sign like this may help.
The biggest and most important thing to have in your car are car seats suitable for your children. children should use a car seat until they are either 12 years old or 135cm tall. if you have 3 children, if can be difficult to fit 3 car seats in a car. Cars.com have compiled a list of some three car seat cars.
I hope this list has given a start to know what to contain in your car in a case of an emergency. Most of these things are small and only take a few minutes to sort out but could save you time and money in the future.