Look, we won’t lie to you, planning for the worst-case scenario is not exactly fun, especially when it comes to our cars. Here at CarBibles we love our cars and we assume you do too. That’s why you come to us to help you pick up the best new tools and accessories to take care of them and improve your driving experience.
But it can’t be denied, sometimes bad stuff can happen. Whether this is a simple breakdown or an accident, as unlikely as it may seem it is still possible that it could happen to us or to you. In those instances being well prepared can really help you to tackle the situation quickly and safely – potentially even saving lives.
In this article we’re going to take a look at 10 tools to keep in your car to tackle any emergency, breakdown or similar kind of incident.
Essential Tools To Keep In Your Car
We’ll kick off our list with this product from Resqme (get it, Res Q Me? Rescue Me). This is a very innovative and well-designed little device, a fact backed up by the litany of design awards this little piece of car emergency kit has picked up over the years.
When we refer to it as little by the way, we don’t mean to disparage this item. Its small size is actually one of its most impressive features. Whilst window smashing hammers already exist, they are often, as the name suggests, hammers. Whilst there are a number of great points about a traditional hammer design, easy storage is not one of them.
Built-In Seatbelt Cutter
Award Winning Safety Equipment
- Weight1.44 Ounces
Whilst the first item we looked at asked you to imagine a worst case scenario of having to cut yourself free from your own vehicle, our next item is a little more everyday in its use. Frankly as far as roadside emergency kit goes it is a good idea to stock up on a range of quality tools. You are after all much more likely to suffer a breakdown than you are to be in a serious accident.
This set of wrenches from Stanley makes an excellent addition to your onboard car tool kit. They are packing a whole range of features and design points that make them ideal for roadside use in a mechanical emergency.
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99 Piece Set
Laser Etched Sockets
Max-Drive Design for Additional Torque
- Weight9 Lbs
If you are ever in a situation where your vehicle must be recovered from an obstruction then you want to have the best strap recovery kit onboard. It’s not that unlikely too, and situations where you may need a recovery strap kit are not limited to purely off road driving either.
Snow drifts, deep water, mud, there are a range of environmental factors that can see your vehicle getting stuck and needing to be towed free. If that situation ever comes up, you’ll be glad to open your trunk and find this tool inside, which is packed full of impressive features.
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14,500kg (32,000 Lbs) Breaking Point
Heavy Duty Shackles
- Weight5 Lbs
Losing battery power is of course one of the worst car based emergencies that many of us will experience. That is because it is one of the more common mechanical issues that can happen. Whilst it is a common experience it is still one that many of us are not prepared for – though you can be by adding this great tool from Beatit into your roadside emergency kit.
The first thing to note is that it really isn’t hard to slip this tool into your everyday kit. It is frankly tiny, measuring just seven inches in length and weighing less than 1.5 lbs. You don’t even need to store it in the trunk, it will just as easily slip into the glove box too.
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Delivers 12V of Electrical Power
Fits in Glove Box
Dual USB Ports to Charge Devices
LCD Lights Highlight Charge Levels
- Weight1.19 Lbs
The item we looked at above was designed to help with a flat car battery, one of the more common types of mechanical failure. This next product from Torin is designed to help you during one that is perhaps even more common – a flat tire.
Is there any sensation worse when out driving than the realization you’ve got a flat tire? Not only is it a huge inconvenience – not to mention delay to your journey – the problem is often made worse because many people simply do not carry the correct tools to fix the issue quickly and safely.
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3 Ton Capacity
Raises Vehicle Up To 16 Inches
Top Quality Steel Construction
- Weight17 Lbs
Not everything you will encounter with your vehicle will be an emergency of course. Sometimes you just need a little extra help in extraordinary driving circumstances. This next tool from Mallory may not be designed for use in a true emergency but it is making a strong case to get on to your essential car tools list.
This is an all in one ice scraper and snow remover. So as such it is designed to tackle buildups of both snow and ice on your vehicle. In order to achieve this it is packing a number of very useful design points.
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26 Inches Long
Quadruple Row of Bristles
4 Inch Ice Scraper Blade
Comfortable Soft Foam Grip
- BrandMallory USA
- Weight13.6 Ounces
Emergency situations in the car, such as a breakdown or accident, can be stressful enough by themselves. If they occur at night, then you often cannot see well either, potentially making a bad situation even worse.
That is why it is always a good idea to pack a high quality torch in your auto emergency kit. This product, from Anker, is making a very strong case to be that emergency torch. One of its big advantages over many other torches on the market is the fact it is a LED torch. That means that it is capable of generating extremely high levels of illumination – in this case up to 300 Lumens of light.
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400 Lumens of Illumination
Up To 20 Hours Battery Life
Internal Rechargeable Battery
Extremely Tough Design
- Weight1.6 Ounces
Duct tape may not be an item many people think of when putting together their car emergency kit. But you can take it from us that it is an item that is very much worth finding room for. It can provide help in just so many emergency situations and mechanical failures. In fact a good roll of duct tape can sometimes be the difference maker in putting together a temporary fix to get you home.
With that being said if you are going to add duct tape to your list of tools to keep in the car then you may as well make sure you are using the best. This product, from Gorilla, is making big claims on that front – and it has the design points to back them up.
Heavy Duty & Double Thick
Sticks to Huge Variety of Surfaces
Double Thick Adhesive Layer
Rugged, Tough & Weather Resistant
- Weight1.72 Pounds
This may not find it’s way into your car tool kit if you live toward the south! But if you call home a state that experiences snow fall then this next product should certainly be one to take your interest.
Of course snow chains are not exactly a new invention, and have in fact been around for quite a long while by now. This design from Security Chain Company though is packing a number of features that make them ideal for storage in the trunk as an emergency chain.
Compatible With Wide Array of Vehicle Types
Fast & Easy Installation
Good Compatibility With Anti-Lock Brakes
Excellent All-Round Traction
- BrandSecurity Chain
- Weight1 Lbs
The final item today is this folding entrenching tool by SOG. Now, first things first, an entrenching tool sounds fancy, but here at Carbibles we are not at all about airs and graces – especially when it comes to tools.
This is a shovel. But it is a very well designed shovel, and what could be a potentially very useful and essential car tool. If you like off road driving, for example, it could be extremely useful to keep this shovel in the trunk of your car. It could also be useful if you live in an area with high snowfall, where it could help you to dig out your car from heavy snow.
Tough & Durable
Saw Tooth Edge
All Steel Construction
- Weight1.53 Lbs
- Digging a Car Out of Snow - WikiHow