New cars are filled with technology designed to make driving more fun and convenient. They keep us connected, safer and even entertained. In spite of the technology, and perhaps even because of it, there are some more “analog” things we should keep in our vehicles. Here are six.
Yep, a trusty old, printed, paper, hard-to-fold-back-together map of your home state may just save your bacon if GPS should become unavailable. Of course, it would be helpful to learn how to read a map, so you should take that into consideration as well.
That light on your phone may help you in finding your dropped keys at night, but it won’t do much if you get stranded on the roads after dark. A good old-fashion D-cell powered flashlight can help you see and be seen. It can also serve as protection when approached by any unfriendly animal.
Portable Air Compressor
Tire blowouts are relatively rare. It is more likely you may get a flat tire as the result of a slow leak. A portable air compressor that can be powered by an AC outlet in your vehicle can be invaluable. It may be able to fill up your tire enough to get to help or home.
Battery Jumper Cables
At some point, everyone will experience a dead battery. It can occur due to heat, excessive cold, old age, or even from just forgetting to turn off your car lights overnight. Battery cables can save the day, or even a long wait from the auto club. They can also make you a hero when someone else experiences a battery-related problem.
Along with your car’s repair records you may want to keep proof of auto insurance and even your registration locked in your glove compartment.
Keeping some emergency cash safely tucked away in your car could come in handy in a variety of situations. If there’s no power at a gas station or grocery store when you need something and the card readers aren’t working. If you stop at a food truck that says “cash only” while on the road and only with your debit or credit cards. It may also come in handy when you are just low on cash. Just remember to replace it!
Each of these items can help take a little drama out of an unexpected driving experience. The same can be said for your automobile insurance. Whether it is a cracked windshield, fender bender or significant accident, you’ll have more peace of mind with comprehensive automobile coverage. Contact us for your no obligation quote today!