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Basic Tools to Keep In Your Car

Have you ever had trouble with your car? Car trouble always seems to happen at the worst times. So, don’t let another mishap with your car catch you unprepared. Make sure you have the right tools in your car to help you when you get into a bind. Here are a few of the best tools to keep in your car at all times.

Screwdrivers and a Socket Wrench

A lot of car parts require a screwdriver or socket wrench to take them apart and put them back together. So, when you have an issue with your car, it’s always best to keep a Phillips and flathead screwdriver in your car along with a socket wrench. Even if you don’t know how to use the tools and you have to ask someone for help, they’ll still need them in order to check things out. It’s always best to carry these with you.

screwdriver and socket wrench tool set

Duct Tape

This may seem silly, but many issues you have with your car can be temporarily solved with a bit of duct tape. So, it’s always a good idea to keep some on hand. You never know when disaster might strike, and you need just a little duct tape to patch something so you can get to a professional. It might even save you from having to tow your car. It has other great uses aside from helping to patch small car issues too. 

car fixed with duct tape

OBD2 Monitor

An OBD2 monitor is a fairly new tool that actually hooks to your car’s engine computer, and delivers insights to your phone. You can view these insights about your car and engine health on demand via an app. This can help you make more educated decisions when it comes to getting your car fixed. It can also help your mechanic identify issues you might be having. 

Tire Pressure Gauge

This may sound silly, but boy does it make a difference when one of your tires is low on air. Some gas station air pumps already have gauges, but if they don’t, then you’re out of luck. You don’t want to over inflate or under inflate your tires. That can cause even bigger problems. So, do yourself a favor, and buy and inexpensive tire pressure gauge, and keep it in your glove compartment for a rainy day.

Jumper Cables

If you’ve ever left your lights on in your car, you probably know what it’s like to come back to a car that won’t start. If your battery gets drained, other cars can jump start the battery, but without jumper cables, you’ll be out of luck. Make sure you always carry a set of jumper cables in your car to avoid being stuck without any battery power. 

man holding jumper cables with broken down car in background

You can also invest in a portable car jump starter for those times when you may be away from population and need a jump. These small devices fit under the seat and are easy to forget about until the moment you need them! 

There are many other great tools that you can carry in your car, but these are a few that can save you some time and trouble until you can get your car to a professional to get everything fixed up. Safe travels!

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