5 Most Commonly Overlooked Things You Should Keep In Your Car

Things you should keep in your car

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While the majority of vehicle owners today are getting better about keeping items in their vehicles to assist them in times of emergency or vehicle break downs, it seems the primary focus is placed on the usual items; such as a first aid kit, a flash light, jumper cables or a spare tire. There are other things you should keep in your car that can prove to be extremely beneficial to you in the event of an emergency situation that you may not have thought of before.

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit committed to providing reliable transportation to struggling families through the gift of car donations, would like to highlight some things you should keep in your vehicle by offering you the following list:


Got an old cell phone lying around the house collecting dust? Charge it up and keep it in the glove compartment of your car. Be sure you keep it turned off to maintain battery life, but check the charge occasionally. There is no need to have any type of service plan on the phone, as all cell phones can be used to call 911 in case of emergency, even if there is no active subscription for service on the phone.


While we are all pretty good at keeping a spare tire and a jack in our cars to aide us in the event of a flat tire, very few people think of tossing in a couple cans of fix a flat. Fix A Flat can seal and inflate the tire in a matter of a few seconds. This can help you to get off the side of the road and to a safer place to change your flat tire or even to a repair shop to get professional assistance.


No one wants to even fathom the thought of being in an accident or their vehicle catching on fire from some type of system failure or issue, but it does happen. Keeping a small fire extinguisher in your vehicle can help to prevent a bad situation from becoming potentially deadly by giving you the opportunity to extinguish small fires that may occur and ward off a possible tragic disaster.


The owner’s manual to your vehicle should be in your glove compartment at all times. This manual can provide you with a wealth of information, such as the correct tire pressure for your vehicle and even how to change a tire.


A lifehammer is an essential tool and one of the most important things you should keep in your car. Do not put it in your trunk. Be sure to keep it in your glove compartment or somewhere where it is easily accessible inside your car. This handy little tool can be a true lifesaver in every sense of the word. It can be used to cut seat belts and break windows. If you are stuck in your seat belt, having this tool will get you out in seconds. If your car is submerged in water or you cannot open the doors, you can quickly break the windows to make a quick escape.

While we all hope for the best, there are times and situations where we must prepare for the worst. Taking the time to gather these items and place them in your vehicle will not only save you frustration, but may even save your life or the life of someone else. 1-800-Charity Cars wishes everyone safe travels on the roadways and stresses the importance of being prepared for situations you may encounter on the roads.