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15 Things You Should Always Leave in the Car August 25, 2014

Park Towne, Madison
15 Things You Should Always Leave in the Car, Madison, Wisconsin


Everyone knows that the way we maintain our cars says a lot about us. You think you know someone and then you climb into their car and find yourself competing with their empty McDonald’s bags and Coke cans. Or you go for a joy ride with your scatterbrained friend only to discover that their car is immaculately cared for and still has that new car smell. Whether you fall into the first category or the latter, one thing is for sure: there are certain items you should always have within reach to make sure you are ready for whatever life throws your way.

  • 1. Ice Scraper -- Nothing is worse than finding yourself in an auto emergency in the dead of the winter. Well, almost nothing: not having the proper tools can take your situation from inconvenient to dangerous in a flash. Just in case, keep a scraper in your truck to clear off accumulated snow and ice from your windows.  
  • 2. Spare Tire -- This is a no-brainer. No matter how hard you try to maintain and care for your car, eventually your tires give way. With a spare tire and its accompanying tools, you’ll be all set when that dreaded moment comes.
  • 3. Car Manual -- While most of us may not bother to actually read our manuals when we get new cars, it’s key to keep one around in case of emergency. Throw it in your glove box and forget about it, but when the time comes and you need some questions answered, you’ll have it at the ready.
  • 4. License and Registration -- Another obvious item here: keeping your license and registration in the car can save you from a sticky situation, should you get pulled over one day. Spare yourself the headache and keep these important documents stored away for those just-in-case scenarios. You never know.
  • 5. Road Flares -- When you’re on the road after dark and your car dies on you, you need to set up some road flares to keep you safe while you wait for help. Throw a few of these in your trunk and sleep easier knowing you won’t get struck by another car while you’re parked on the side of the road.
  • 6. Fix-A-Flat -- If your car has a leak, you need to get that sealed up as soon as possible. Using Fix-A-Flat can hold you over until you can get to an auto repair shop. 
  • 7. Tire Pressure Gauge -- Since it’s important to check your tire pressure on a regular basis, keeping a gauge around will serve as a good reminder to stay on top of the monthly check-ups. Low tire pressure can result in some dangerous driving conditions, so stay vigilant to keep safe.
  • 8. Cell Phone Charger -- If you’re driving for hours on end and an accident happens, you may need to call an auto body shop or 911 for immediate help. A charger will be your safety net in case your phone battery is low or dead.
  • 9. Emergency Money -- While it stands to reason that most of us keep some cash on us at all times, these days our debit/credit card culture means that less and less of us have actual bills on hand at any given time. Keep some money in your glove compartment should you need to use it in a store that doesn’t accept cards.
  • 10. First Aid Kit -- No matter how safe and careful you are, accidents are inevitable. Whether it’s something as small as a paper cut, or a larger gash, you should always be prepared.
  • 11. Jumper Cables -- Dead batteries can happen at any time and any place. Since we can’t control when disaster strikes, the best we can do is keep the proper tools around to get us through these annoying moments with the least amount of frustration.
  • 12. Food and Water -- If you’re stranded on the side of the road, it’s important to keep your energy up and stay hydrated. Keep a few bottles of water and some nuts or granola bars handy to ensure you stave off the hunger pangs.
  • 13. Flashlight -- You never know when your tire will give out on you and you’ll need to replace it on the spot. When you’re traveling after sundown, a flashlight is crucial to help you get back on the road ASAP in the case of emergency.
  • 14. Duct Tape -- Compact, inexpensive and lightweight, duct tape is every car owner’s friend. When your side mirror gets bumped and is hanging on by a thread, you can put it back together. Need to temporarily get your muffler back in place? Duct tape. Door handle hanging on by a thread? Duct tape comes to the rescue once again.
  • 15. Spare Key -- Nothing feels as frustrating as walking up to your car and realizing you left your key inside. Avoid this annoying mess by keeping a spare key hidden away in your wallet or somewhere on the outside of your car. With a magnetic key holder, you can place it on the bottom of your vehicle and rest assured that you have a fallback in case you need it.

At Abra Auto Body & Glass, we make it our mission to repair your car “right the first time, on time” and deliver the very best in customer service along the way. Whether you need auto body repair, high tech color-matching paint work or refinishing, we can do all that and more. Visit us online at to see the full list of services we offer. We look forward to working with you! 

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