10 Things Every Driver Should Have in Their Car 
Many of us drive our cars every single day without thinking twice about what we’d do if we got stranded or pulled over. Driving without planning for situations like this can be as dangerous as driving without wearing your seat belt. Before every trip, make sure your car is fully stocked with the following 10 items. Some of these items will make interacting with police easier. Others can save your life.
A Spare Tire and Tools to Change Tires
When you’ve got a flat tire, you’re stranded. Avoid this scenario by carrying a spare tire and everything you need to change tires, like a tire jack and a lug wrench. 

Sometimes, a torn tire doesn’t have to be replaced immediately. Carry a small air pump, a tire pressure gauge, and a sealant like Fix-A-Flat or slime to make minor repairs that’ll get you home or to your nearest repair shop.

A First Aid Kit
Sometimes it isn’t the car that needs aid, but you or one of your passengers. You should always travel with a fully stocked first aid kit in your car so you can administer first aid in the event of an injury. 

A Cell Phone Charger
When you’re stranded and you need help, there are few things worse than finding your phone’s battery is dead. You can prevent this scenario by keeping a phone charger in your car. There’s two options, and it doesn’t hurt to have both: 
  • A charger that plugs into your car and charges your phone from the car’s battery; and 
  • A portable power bank

Your Current Insurance and Vehicle Registration Information 
When you get pulled over, you need to show the officer proof of your vehicle registration and current insurance . Otherwise, you’ll face fines and other penalties. 

If you’re involved in an accident, you’ll have to share your insurance information with the other driver involved. Make the moments that follow an accident as painless as possible by always carrying your insurance card and registration information. 
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Jumper Cables
When your phone battery dies, it’s inconvenient. When your car battery dies, you’re stuck. Always carry jumper cables so you can get – and give – boosts in the event of a battery failure. 

Fresh Water
In most cases, the water is for you. If you’re stranded for a long period of time, you need to keep yourself hydrated. 

If your car runs low on coolant on a hot day, the water can also keep your engine from overheating. This isn’t something you should do regularly or on days the temperature even dips below freezing , but it can be a quick fix on hot days when you need to get yourself home without your engine overheating. 

A Hazard Triangle or Flares
If you’re stranded at night, you need to make yourself and your car as visible as possible. You can do this with a reflective hazard triangle or by firing off flares to solicit attention from other vehicles passing by. 

A Fire Extinguisher
If there’s a fire, you need to put it out. Keep a small fire extinguisher in your vehicle at all times so you’re prepared to put out any fires you face. Be sure to service it every month to ensure that it’s always in working condition because if it’s not, it’s completely useless. 

A Flashlight
Although your phone has a built-in flashlight, it’s always a good idea to have another, regular flashlight on hand. A flashlight can make it possible for you to change a tire in the dark, administer first aid in the dark, and to see any small items or parts you’ve dropped on the ground. You might also need it to illuminate your insurance and registration documents if you’re pulled over or involved in an accident after dark. 

A Blanket
When you’re stranded on the side of the road, there’s more you can do with a blanket than keep yourself warm – though this is certainly an important reason to carry a blanket. Another reason to carry a blanket is to put it on the ground to keep your knees and tools clean while you change a tire. In addition to your flares or hazard triangle, you can tie a brightly colored blanket to a nearby pole or tree to flag down help. 

Nobody wants to get stranded, but it happens. Be prepared for anything that can happen by always having your car adequately stocked with safety supplies. If you ever catch yourself putting off restocking your car, ask yourself this: would you rather need safety gear and not have it or have safety gear and not need it? 
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