No one plans on accidents or emergencies while on the road. But one thing you can do is plan for these situations in case they do happen and take the time to be prepared. Here’s a list of must-have items you shouldn’t be without. 


Be sure to keep all of these in your car at all times!


  1. Car Related Documentation

Keep your car’s information manual handy. This book will tell you all the important information regarding your vehicle. It’s a book that usually sits in the glovebox unbothered, but all the better. It’s great reference material to have around in case you need it. 


Another piece of important documentation to keep around is repair information specific to your car. Keep these with insurance claim forms and AAA information. Car repair records help you when you’re selling or repairing your vehicle, provide important information about vehicle history, and can be deducted as a business expense.


Keep your license, registration, and insurance documentation handy as well. While obvious, it’s easy to overlook these and you’d be surprised at how often expired ones seem to stick around. 


Keep all of your important car documents in a file folder in the glovebox:

  • Owner’s manual
  • Car maintenance receipts
  • Registration
  • Insurance
  • Emergency contact information


2. Jumper Cables

Car batteries die from time to time and the best way to get going again is with jumper cables. If you’re in an area where others are passing by, you may get lucky enough to flag someone down to help. If not, a quick call to your insurance provider’s roadside assitance may be in order. You never know when AAA will come in handy, so keeping a pair of jumper cables may save you that precious free bit of assistance. 


For all other situations, a jump-starter kit may be in order. These are inexpensive and worth keeping for their usefulness in other emergency situations too. 


3. Tire Pressure Gauge

Tire pressure is an often overlooked part of how your car runs and operates. Low pressure can lead to poor gas mileage and reduced tire life. Keeping tabs on tire pressure will help keep your car in tidy shape. 


Even if a specific tire doesn’t look especially low, routine checks of all four tires are always encouraged. Ensuring that your tire pressure is within range will improve handling, prolong the lifespan of your tires, and increase your vehicle’s fuel economy.


You can get your own standard gauge for under $5 on Amazon. It’s a helpful, inexpensive safety tool that every car owner should stash in the glove box.

4. Tire Jack, Spare Tire, and Lug Wrench

A basic tenet in car ownership is knowing how to change your tire. Yes, we know. AAA. 


But what if they’re not around? Or you’re in a rural area?


A tire jack, spare tire and lug wrench will save you the headache of needing to wait around in these situations and help get you back on the road ASAP. 


Some cars have special locking lug nuts, so make sure you have a lug nut key if that’s the case.


5. Cleaning Supplies

How many times have you been out on the road and your washer fluid has run out. Or you get tire grease on your seats? 


It happens and keeping certain cleaning and hygiene items in the car won’t save your life, but it could save you a lot of frustration. Keep these items in your car for a cleaner and easier trip:


  • ZipLock Bags
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Car trash can
  • Water bottles


With these 5 must-have things in your car, you’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way. Well, most things at least. But imagine the peace of mind you’ll have knowing you can reach for a battery charging kit or your tire jack if you need to get back on the road?


Don’t go without these essentials!


European Collision Repair has you covered. Whether you were just in an accident, or you’re looking to repair winter weather damage, ECR are the experts in everything collision repair and beyond. Stop in or give them a call with any questions and be ready for great customer service and top-notch repairs your car deserves.


European Collision Repair

303 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

(615) 953-1308