Regardless if you’re a DIY expert or you don’t like getting your hands dirty, having a kit of essential tools is important when you’re a car owner. While there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on extensive toolkits, there are basic tools that you should never be without, especially during long drives. These tools will come in handy during emergencies so we recommend investing in these items:
Also known as jump leads, jump cables are a godsend if you’re dealing with a problematic battery. A dead battery may come out of nowhere and it will hit you just when you’re itching to go home. With a set of jump cables, you can ask a friend, a neighbor, or a good Samaritan to help you charge your battery in a jiffy and be on your way. Also, you never know when someone else needs a good jump so keep a set of jump cables in the trunk just in case.
A dead battery is every motorist’s nightmare but it doesn’t have to be. If you don’t have jump leads, you can get battery boosters as an alternative. A battery booster will keep your car battery fully charged via an electric plug. Just hook your battery into the booster, plug it and you’re done. Most battery boosters come with extras that will prove useful during emergencies, including a torch light or a tire inflator.
A tow rope will always come in handy during trips so don’t drive without one. It’s easy to use too; just hook one end to the dead vehicle and the other to the moving vehicle to tow. A tow rope is affordable, portable and multifunctional, it can be used to tow your car to your home, move another person’s car in case you’re rescuing another motorist or to move your car in case it broke down on a busy highway.
Most cars come with a free set of wrenches and these tools are very versatile. You can use them to tighten wheel nuts or to change tires. Always throw in a couple of wrenches before your trip just in case you get a flat tire and you need to change it. The last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere simply because you forgot your tire wrench! Better yet, invest in a set of high-quality wrench set so you’re always ready to make simple car repairs anytime.
Tire Pressure Gauge
A tire pressure gauge is another affordable yet extremely important car tools every motorist should never be without. Improper car pressure can cause irreparable damage to your tires so do not go on a trip without checking the pressure. This handy tool makes it so easy to check the pressure and it only costs so much less than a set of new tires. It’s also a good idea to get a tire depth gauge so you can always keep an eye on the state of your tire but you can also perform a penny test.