The Top 5 Things to Keep in Your Car

  • Jun 14, 2016
  • Resources & Tips

There’s nothing worse than breaking down at the side of the road when you really need to be somewhere. From a vehicle that has overheated to a flat tire, a dead battery, or an empty tank, there are plenty of issues that can lead to finding yourself stranded.

To make that situation a little less stressful when it does happen to you, we’ve put together this list of the top five things to keep in your car.

Spare tire

It seems obvious, but make sure you have a spare and that it’s inflated. Along with a tire jack and tire iron, also check that you have the key if your wheels have locks. Not all cars come with spare tire, so if you have to purchase one yourself, research your options carefully. Alternatively, you can keep a tire pump and can of sealant, so that you can make it to the nearest automotive shop.

Jumper cables

We all fall victim to a dead battery at one time or another. Instead of relying on a Good Samaritan passing by to lend a hand, supply your own jumper cables. You can also store an emergency battery booster so that you don’t have to find someone to give you a boost. There are lots of causes for a dead battery, so it’s smart to be prepared. Even if it doesn’t happen to you, you’ll be able to help someone else.


Even though your cell phone should have a flash light app, keeping one on hand will serve you better in the event of a breakdown, especially if your phone battery is dead or dying. Flashlights are crucial if you’re stranded at night, whether it’s for changing a tire, helping jump start a car, or exchanging insurance information. Go the extra mile and purchase a magnetic flashlight so that you can navigate hands-free under your hood.

Duct Tape

If your vehicle needs a quick fix before you can get yourself to Warrenton Auto Service for repairs, duct tape might just be your friend. You can find tons of uses and quick fixes with articles like “ways you can use duct tape to fix your car.” You’ll be happy to have duct tape at your disposal if you find yourself in an accident and your car is driveable, but a minor piece of it is hanging off.

Gas Can / Siphon Pump

While you wouldn’t want to keep a full can of gas in your vehicle for obvious reasons, it’s smart to keep an empty gas can in case you run out and need to walk to the nearest gas station. But if the station you end up at doesn’t have a spare to loan or doesn’t sell cans, having your own gas can and siphon pump would come in handy if you find yourself on empty.

For fifty years Warrenton Auto Service has offered consistent quality auto repair to the community in Fauquier County. Whether you need a repair or regular servicing, give us a call.

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