Safety is crucial, especially when dealing in and around your vehicle. Because unexpected circumstances can sometimes happen, keeping these items in your car can prevent a potentially dangerous problem. Keeping these five things in your car can not only be useful in dangerous situations, but may be helpful in the every day.

Tire Gauge

A flat tire can be dangerous and damaging. Continuing to drive on a tire after it has gone flat will potentially damage the rim, costing much more than it initially would have. In addition to this, driving with a flat tire can become a serious risk of accident. There are many factors that can contribute to a flat, including weather, screws, or other environmental factors. Know how to check the air with the tire gauge. There are many gas stations around town that offer free fill up as well.

Spare Tire

Along with the spare tire you should have all the tools necessary to change the tire. Sometimes the tire is so flat it cannot be driven on, or it has a tear in it making it impossible to fill. Don’t simply drive on a tire in this state, use your spare. Make sure you have the knowledge to effectively change the flat should you find yourself in this situation.

Jumper Cables

This becomes even more important during the winter months when batteries are especially affected. While a jump start can get you moving again, in most cases you will need more than that after the initial jump. Make sure to get your car quickly to the mechanic after to check both the battery and the starter.

Emergency Supplies

It is important to be prepared for the worst situations. If you can, keep a 72 hour kit inside your car, you never know when you’ll need it. At the very least keep a blanket, water, and a couple of granola bars in the trunk of your car. You’ll be glad you did if you ever break down somewhere inconvenient. This becomes especially important when on road trips.

Ice Scraper

This is crucially important for anyone living in an area where there is any potential to snow. Keep this on hand to significantly cut down the amount of time it takes to clear your windshield and other windows. Make sure you are safe, removing all ice and snow to give you a clear look while driving.

These 5 things should be kept in every vehicle, helping the driver to remain safe both on and off the road. Be sure to understand the basics of your car and using these tools.