Top Essential Gears When Driving

Published: June 25, 2021
Last updated: February 21, 2024

Driving away from your house with literally nothing to help you in case of any emergency is like inviting bad fortune towards yourself. Leaving your house without proper gear for driving, especially on long routes can be very dangerous to you and your family if they are traveling with you.

If you are a woman driving alone in the city or between two cities, you are at a greater risk of being in danger. Any little inconvenience, like a flat tire, can cause too much trouble and can prove to be very dangerous when you are alone.

You should always have an emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle consisting of all the essential gears you need. We know that driving can be a scary experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Stay safe and secure on the road with these essential driving gears.

  • Spare Tire

Always keep a spare tire in the trunk of your car. You can at least ask for someone’s help even if you don’t know how to change the tire. Having the tire in the trunk will make sure that you get help as soon as possible.

  • Tire Changing Kit

Have all the tools you need to change a tire, so that you can change the tire for yourself and if you don’t know how to, you can at least ask someone for help or if help arrives you won’t face the issue of wrong tools at that time.

  • Jumper Cables

Always have a set of jumper cables in the trunk so that if your battery dies on the road due to cold weather or any other issue you can jump it with another car nearby. That way, you don’t have to wait for the help to arrive and can save you from waiting.

  • Multi-Tool

Always keep a multi-tool in the dash on in the trunk of your car so that minor fixes like loose wires or small screws and by that, you can avoid the extra wait time and hassle. Multi-tool can help you in so many ways when you try using it.

  • Device Charger

When you are out of the city or traveling between cities you won’t see many shops or stops between your destination and your home and you will surely be needing a portable device charger for your journey. Especially with all the music you’ll be listening to.

  • GPS Tracker

GPS is one of the most important gear when traveling or driving. It tells you how far you are from your destination and you can also see the traffic condition of the road. It also serves as a guide when you are not familiar with the place.

A mounting bracket for phones is necessary when using GPS. It secures your device when the vehicle is running. By using this, the driver no longer requires to hold the phone whenever he needs to check the map.

  • Flashlight

A flashlight is also an important element when you are traveling inter-state because it can help you look for things on the road or in your car and actually find what you are looking for.

  • Warm Gear

Always have extra warm clothes or at least gloves in your car. It will help you in extremely cold weather when you have to get out of your car for anything. You can also keep a glove box in your car just in case.

  • Portable Tire Inflator

A portable tire inflator can help you so much. If you get a leak in one or more of your tires, you can just inflate them with a portable tire inflator and you’ll be sorted out till your next stop.

  • First Aid Kit

Always keep a first aid kit in your car. If an unfortunate event happens or you or one loved one needs quick medical attention, first aid kits can be very beneficial and you can peacefully wait for the help to arrive.

  • Document Holder

Have a folder with all the documents you need for your journey. Arranging them in a folder can help you avoid panicking when you are asked for documents and that can avoid any unwanted trouble.

  • Water Bottles

Not a gear, but you may need water on your way for yourself or sometimes for your car as well. Water bottles can help you avoid so much trouble of finding stops for water or going to unsafe places.

If you have these essential gears packed in your car, you are all set for a journey. Stay safe with all the essential driving gear.

Founder, Editor-in-Chief Carmelo Pickel is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Keep Driving, with almost 20 years of experience working in the industry. Before founding Keep Driving, Carmelo held leadership roles for over a decade on top automotive dealership corporations across North America, handling various leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, and Incentives.
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