In-Car Accessories You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Depending on what kind of lifestyle you live, you might spend a lot of time each day in the car. Sadly, besides getting from point A to B, cars aren’t very well equipped for some of life’s daily happenings. Modern cars with computerised systems and lots of extras are great at making our lives easier on the road, but sometimes we need a little extra help to get through the work day. So whether you’re driving a family car or your personal set of wheels, make sure you carry these essential items with you.


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Dashboard Video Recorder

These are relatively inexpensive if you consider the amount of money they could save you! If you’re convinced that you’re a safe driver, then prove it by sticking a dash cam on your car and recording your drives. This is a crucial tool if you end up in an accident. You’ll have video proof that it wasn’t your fault, and you can avoid expensive fines and fees. Absolutely essential piece of kit!

Leak-Proof Trash Basket

It’s amazing that this wasn’t around when cars were first invented. We bring plenty of trash and rubbish into the vehicle and we usually stuff it in our pockets or down the sides of the car, leading to a huge pile of mess that no one wants to clean up. Save yourself the hassle and get a simple leak-proof trash basket to store all your junk. It’s easy to empty and clean, and your passengers will thank you.

Phone/Tablet Holder

Stop your devices from falling down the sides of your seat or sliding across your dashboard. Get yourself a device holder so that you can look at it and access valuable details while driving. Answer calls and use the GPS without having to pick up the phone and fiddle with it in the middle of driving. It’s safer, it’s convenient, and it’s necessary.

Road Safety Assistance Kit

Prevent the need to contact slow emergency services and get yourself a car kit. They usually contain things like bandages, jumper kits, car tools, and an assortment of screwdrivers and cables. They should also contain a book of laws and rules that you should brush up on in case you end up in an accident. These are vital for recovering from accidents before services arrive, and you can avoid being stuck on the road for too long if you have a little knowledge on car repair.

Air Freshener

We’ve all been there before—sat in the car driving with our noses held tight. Sometimes accidents will happen, and the best way to deal with it is to clean up any spill or mess and freshen up your car. Anything will do. A spray, something to dangle on your mirror, or small pocket-sized contraptions you can put inside of your car.

Warning Triangles

If you’re ever in an accident or your car has broken down, you have to unfold and place down a warning triangle. Set these up behind your car so you can alert other drivers that you’ve had an accident or your car isn’t working, and give them ample time to spot you so they know to slow down early. The exact distance to set these up depends on your country, so be sure to read it up!

Seatbelt Cutter/Window Breaker

More safety gear. If you do end up in a nasty accident, chances are you might be stuck or need to break out of your seat in a hurry. Pray that you never have to use it, but on the off chance that you do, you’ll be thankful you have one of these tools to save your life or your passengers.