Six Cheap Things to Keep in the Car

One question we’re always asked at the office goes along the lines of “what can I keep in the car to make life a little easier?” Here are three relatively cost-effective things worth keeping in your car or garage

Terminal Cleaners & Battery Cleaner Spray – Batteries are very finicky pieces of equipment. Often times, if a battery isn’t showing any signs of life, it may just be because the terminals are just too dirty. Terminal cleaners are usually just wire brushes shaped in tube form, and battery cleaner spray neutralizes exposed acid as well as removes corrosion. A can of battery cleaner is about $4 and a terminal cleaner can be as cheap as $3.

First Aid Kit – Now, for those of you with a luxury car, you likely already have a first aid kit in your car that came from the factory. For everyone else, it’s a great investment. $20 or less gets you a nice, compact kit that will fix most minor bumps and bruises, which is great for road trips or just the occasional cut.

Tire Pressure Gauge – No more guessing why that TPMS light is on. A tire pressure gauge tells you how much air is in your tires, in PSI, so you can tell if the light is on because the tire is low, or if there’s something else going on. These are great, plus they can be under $1 if on sale.

Non-perishable snacks – as silly as this sounds, this is actually something I see recommended a lot among survivalists and other emergency experts. In the event, you’re stuck waiting for someone – a tow truck, an Uber, whatever – after a breakdown, a non-perishable food item is great to have as depending on where you are, wait times can belong.

Spare washer fluid – a gallon is about $3 to $5. Very handy in conditions like snow and dust. the cost-to-benefit ratio is good, it’s an easy thing to stock up on.

A way to charge devices that don’t run off of your car – We keep a portable phone charger device in our company van. It was a bit pricey – about $80 – but it also doubles as a car jumper and can charge a standard iPhone two times before needing a charge itself. If your car dies, you’ll need a way to contact someone for help, and the last thing you need is a dead phone that you can’t charge because your car is dead too. Depending on how far away from home you are, this could be a literal lifesaver.

Ken Manchester