It goes without saying that a tool kit should be in the trunk of every car, especially if you’re going on a long trip, or frequently find yourself on back roads where service stations - or other drivers - are few and far between. Here are our suggestions for five essential elements of your in-car tool kit:
- Flashlight: because roadside emergencies don’t always happen when the sun is shining.
- Jack: and not just the free one that came with your car. If you spend about $50 you can get a sturdy jack that doesn’t rely on a perfectly flat surface to work correctly.
- Lug Wrench: make sure it’s one that fits the lug nuts on your car.
- Screw Drivers: you’d be surprised at how useful a set of screw drivers can be.
- Socket Wrench: no auto tool kit should be without one. Ever.
- Bonus (because we couldn’t stop at just five): Pliers. For grabbing almost anything, pliers are essential.
Your turn: What would you add? What would you remove?