6 emergency gadgets every car must have


Words: Gullan & Gullan

Don't be caught on the side of the road with a broken down car and no solutions. Keep these emergency essentials ready.

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1. Spare tyre
A tyre in good condition, along with a jack and wheel brace must be in your car. If your wheels require a special security key, ensure it’s always in your car. Keep a portable tyre inflator and sealer in case disaster strikes again.

2. First aid kit
Ensure your kit contains band aids, antiseptic solution or wipes, gauze, sterile cotton balls, safety pins, hand sanitizer, tweezers, painkillers and a list of emergency numbers.

3. LED flashlight
If you’re stuck on the side of the road at night, you’ll need efficient lighting. LED lights have a longer battery life than conventional lights. Be sure to keep charged batteries on hand so you aren’t left in the dark.

4. Jump starter kit
A dead car battery needs all the help it can get. Invest in an easy-to-use, multi-functional jump starter kit like the GB30 Ultrasafe Lithium Jump Starter. Ideal for new and old vehicle models, it won’t get damaged if clamps are accidentally connected in reverse or break easily if dropped. With up to 20 jump starts per charge, this spark, dust and splash-proof gadget also has seven light modes including a flashlight and emergency strobe. You can also use it to power up your phone battery. Find it at your nearest Battery Centre.

5. Reflective warning triangle
Without one of these, oncoming traffic might not see your stationery vehicle in time to avoid an accident.

6. Rope
A long towing rope will make it much easier for someone to help tow your car to safety – or for you to do the same for someone else.

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