Some people despise clutter and like to keep their vehicle free from anything they feel isn’t required for the current drive. On the other side of the spectrum, others use their car as a storage facility or trash bin, digging through old fast food wrappers and dirty clothes in an attempt to reach their phone that has disappeared into the abyss of their backseat. Whether you’re a clean-freak, hoarder, or somewhere in between, there are some things that are always good to keep in your car just in case the unexpected happens. At G & M Auto Care, we’d like to be there for you whenever something happens on the road, but sometimes you’re out of reach, so we’ve put together a list of three things that you should always have in your car… just in case.
Tire Changing Supplies
This might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised with how many drivers find themselves on the side of the road with a flat, standing with a jack but no spare. Getting a flat is frustrating in itself, but getting a flat lacking the tools to get back on the road is flat-out devastating. It’s important to have all of the tools required to change a tire so next time you go out to your car, do a quick double-check to make sure you have:
- Spare Tire
- Lug Wrench
These three are absolutely necessary and should have come with your car. If any one of these are missing, replace them immediately. You might want to consider also having:
- Wheel Wedges
- Flat Tire Repair Kit
You’ll also want to to regularly check your spare to make sure that it is properly inflated. You wouldn’t want to replace your flat with a flat, would you? Although in the modern age it is pretty simple to get roadside assistance, you wouldn’t want to be in the middle of nowhere with a flat and have no idea what to do. We recommend everyone learns how to change a flat.
You wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, maybe a little too refreshed. Looking over to your nightstand you realize, you’re late. The alarm didn’t go off. You hastily throw some clothes on, grab a plain bagel, run outside… and see that you left your interior light on overnight. Getting in the driver’s seat you put the key in the ignition, say a little prayer, and turn the key. Nothing. Your battery is dead, and you don’t have jumper cables. Needing to jump your car is a common occurrence for drivers everywhere, yet for some reason not everyone has cables. Going at an average, wallet-busting price of… wait for it… ten dollars, you can consider the purchase an investment. Not only will having jumper cables in your car help you in a bad situation, but you’ll be the guardian angel for someone else looking for a jump in a hard time.
It wasn’t long ago that cell phones were a luxury only few could afford, and the ones who could lugged around a brick, proud of their affluent lifestyle. With modern technology progressing so rapidly, having a cell phone with you is basically a necessity. This is especially true in the case of an emergency. We don’t want you to be stranded on the side of a quiet road in the middle of the night with a dead phone waiting for some miracle to happen. It’s important to contact help and, with our towing service, we’ll be happy and prepared to get you back on the road, so we recommend having a charger for assurance.
G & M Auto Care Orange
At G&M Auto Care, we pride ourselves in our customer service as well as our professional auto repair services. We care about our customers and we want your car running smoothly. We know the unexpected can happen, we’ve seen it, and we want you to be prepared for anything. Along with having these three necessities in your car, we’d also like you to keep up with maintenance on your car. We provide an array of auto care and repair services in the Orange County area, so contact us today!