Tires are usually what men joke about when women are stranded on the side of the road. Show them you know what you're doing by stocking your trunk with the proper gear to keep you going and learn how to use it (even with your fancy nails).
Spare tire: While this may seem like it's a no-brainer, some new cars do not come with a spare or doughnut. This can leave you stranded if the tire that is flat is shredded beyond use, which happens frequently. Ensure that there is a spare to replace the failed tire before heading anywhere alone.
Jack and four-way lug wrench: No, we don't mean a man named Jack and his four friends. You need the jack that can lift your car off the tires, the easiest is a hydraulic jack, though it will take up space in the trunk. You will also need a lug wrench for the nuts on the tires. A four-way lug wrench allows for extra leverage for easier removal of the nuts. Add in an inflator and emergency sealer for the slow leaking tire to keep you going until you get a patch.
For the deadbeat… battery!
Most of the time it's an accident, but there are times when the door doesn't shut, or the headlights don't turn off. Then you are stuck with a dead battery either at home, work, or out shopping.
It's dreadful to have to rely on a stranger or a friend for a boost, so invest in a set of jumper cables at least. If you feel fancy, they have equipment that can jump your vehicle without others' assistance.
Compile car essentials "extras"
Finish off your kit with a few extras that are good to have, but not completely necessary. You will want to keep a few things in your glove compartment (besides your insurance card and registration). Use the small folder that came with your vehicle to keep your owner's manual, maps, and receipts of oil changes and
In a small bag in the trunk aim to keep emergency supplies like a blanket, shelf-stable foods (crackers, tuna, and water), jacket, towel, first aid kit, solar small battery charger (or wind up), and a small fire extinguisher. It will help should you be stuck in a situation for longer than expected.
, keep the oil your car takes (at least one quart), duct tape, small screwdriver set, small socket set, WD-40, work gloves, and fuses. You never know when replacing a single fuse can fix the issue and get you going.
No matter what gear your car has (for any gender) one fact remains: it still needs adequate insurance to protect it. Rely on
Lisa Steuer McArdle is an insurance writer with over 15 years of experience writing and editing content in a variety of industries, including insurance and personal finance. Lisa specializes in taking deep dives into make and model-specific content that helps car owners and buyers make solid money-saving choices. Lisa has written over 350 articles for Jerry on topics including electric vehicles to classic cars. Before joining Jerry, Lisa worked in various aspects of the printing industry as a content writer, developer, and editor and earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Lycoming College.