When was the last time you looked in your glovebox? Do you even know what’s in there? If not, it’s time to do a quick inventory. If you count a handful of ketchup packets, a hefty amount of napkins, and some scratched up unplayable cds, it’s time to get control of your glovebox once and for all. The glovebox is not meant to be your vehicle’s “junk drawer”, instead it should contain useful items that can assist you in the event of an accident or when you’re traveling across town or from coast to coast.
Before you start “Operation Glovebox Overhaul”, consider replacing your trash and useless items with the following:
It may seem like a “no-brainer”, but each time you get a new insurance card it’s good to get in the habit of throwing out the old and replacing it with the most recent card. If you get pulled over for some reason or are involved in an accident, you will need to show proof of insurance. If you only have old cards, they aren’t proof, they are just old.
While many phones and electronic devices are perfect for recording information, a paper and pen may be helpful if you’re in an accident. “Witness statements should be obtained while memories of the witnesses are fresh and untainted,” says Long Island Car Accident Lawyer Stephen M. Cohen. Bonus: a notepad can entertain a bored passenger.
How many times have you stopped at a gas station to check your tire pressure and had to borrow their stick type tire gauge? While they work in a pinch, you’ll probably spend more time trying to get an accurate reading than the time it would take you to fill up your tire. If you have a cheap tire gauge (yes, even the free one you got from the tire store), throw it away and go for something a little more reliable. It might be an investment, but it will be well worth it the next time you notice a leaky tire.
Traffic, unplanned trips, or an unexpected conference call can drain your phone’s battery. Having a car charger (that only stays in your car) will keep you connected when you need to keep using your phone or be available for an emergency.
You don’t need to be a first responder or a medical expert to carry around a first aid kit in your glovebox. Band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and an instant cold compress can come in handy on a road trip or if you’re a little accident prone (think spills and small cuts).
With safety in mind, it’s always a good idea to keep a winter survival kit in your car during the cold and snowy months. This kit can include non-perishable food, a flashlight, jumper cables, and an ice scraper.
Worried that your glovebox is getting a little full? Don’t worry, remember, you’ve got a trunk.
There’s really no rule to what you can put in your glovebox. As long as it’s useful and can assist in an emergency or keep you safer, put it in your car. Don’t forget: a spare roll of toilet paper, a paper map, a reusable shopping bag, spare change, seat belt cutter/window breaker, and flares.
Never forget to keep your car manual in your car. You never know when you’ll need to make a quick fix or need some reminders on how to change the tire.