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    5 ITEMS YOU SHOULD HAVE IN YOUR CAR

    Ever wonder what are the necessary things to be kept in the car trunk or in the glove box compartment? In a standard configuration, every vehicle will be equipped with a basic toolkit  However, these items will not be sufficient. Here are five emergency items you might want to have in your car!

    1. FLASHLIGHT

    flashlight

    Emergency
    It’s dark and cold in the middle of nowhere. Flash away all your fears and those of the alternate universe. Boo….!

    The item
    Flashlight should be water and shock resistant. A good flashlight will provide optimal visibility in all conditions. Your mobile phone won’t do if you need a wide area illumination.

    Using it
    Even though help may not arrive at the speed of light, your good ol’ flashlight will give you the extended protection while you wait to get back to civilisation!

    2. REFLECTIVE TRIANGLE

    Photo credit: totalcarrecovery.co.uk

    Photo credit: totalcarrecovery.co.uk

    Emergency
    It’s not about the destination. It’s the journey that counts. Even when you break down at the middle of the road.

    The item
    Not every car is equipped with that reflective triangle.
    Da heck?! Get one at your nearest car accessories outlet. Some cars have it easy with the reflector attached to the trunk cover. Just pop it open and voilà!

    Using it
    Shine bright like a diamond~ No! Diamonds don’t shine, they reflect so does the reflective triangle. Place it approximately 15 metres away from the vehicle to give a distance from the ongoing traffic. In some cases, for certain models of vehicle, flares are available. And yes, flares do shine bright!

    3. CLOTH

    Photo credit: DogsTrust

    Photo credit: DogsTrust

    Emergency
    A gentleman carries a handkerchief with him all the time. A good driver always keep a used cloth in the car.

    The item
    Throwing away your unwanted clothes? Don’t! Use them as rags for your car.

    Using it
    It’s super useful when you are doing a basic check up on the vehicle’s engine, gearbox, brake oil level while keeping your hands clean. Find new leaks by wiping off the oil stain in engine bay and get to the source of the leakage.

    4. SEAT BELT CUTTER

    seat-beat-cuter

    Photo credit: www.lockharttactical.com

    Emergency
    Your vehicle turned-turtle and you are stucked to the car seat. The seat belt is never letting you go!

    The item
    It’s totally legal to keep a seat belt cutter in the car. Store it in the glove box so you can reach it easily.

    Using it
    Seat belt cutter is meant for cutting the seat belt and breaking the glass during an emergency as it has a sharp edge at the bottom and all you need to do is aim and hit it to break the glass and evacuate immediately to a safer ground.

    5. MINI FIRE EXTINGUISHER

    Photo credit: Investrend Research

    Photo credit: Investrend Research

    Emergency
    Sh*t happens, period. Wiring short circuit, overheated engine caused by leakage, major collisions to the front, you name it.

    The item
    Do you have a fire extinguisher in your car? Not every car has it but for some of the new model of cars are equipped with a 1 litre ABC Powder fire extinguisher which located below the dashboard area on the passenger side.

    Using it
    Prevent the fire from spreading as much as you can. 


    How many of these items do you currently have in your car? Let us know what other emergency items should be in this list by sending us a love letter at hello@carput.my 😉

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    November 15, 2016
    written by John Lean
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