12 essential things you should keep in your car
We’ve all become reliant on satellite navigation systems to plan out our journeys.
But what happens if the technology fails?
This is particularly important for long road trips when there may not be anyone around to ask for directions.
Also, if you find yourself broken down and lost, a physical road map will help you find the nearest town or petrol station. Take a look at AA’s selection of maps so you’ll never be without a backup on your journey.
Breakdown service contact details
It’s not always the first thing people think of, but making sure you have the contact details for your breakdown service written down somewhere will be a huge help.
If your phone has died, and a passing driver stops to help, having the number ready could save you from spending an unnecessary amount of time stranded at the side of the road.
Phone charger cable
If your car doesn't have a fancy wireless phone charger feature, then it's worth keeping your own phone charging cable within easy reach.
If you like using maps on your phone or streaming your favourite music, these are going to drain you battery considerably.
And there's nothing worse than driving somewhere unfamiliar and realising your phone's on low battery.
Your car is the perfect place to stock up on a little extra power.
This may sound obvious, but bottled water could keep you going for some time if you’re stranded.
It’s important to keep bottled water in the car in case you break down, but also for topping up the radiator or windscreen-washer bottle if needed.
If you’re driving on a hot day and hate the plastic taste left behind by numerous water bottles, check out Chilly’s bottles.
James Butterfield, founder and managing director, said: “Chilly’s bottles are perfect for car journeys as they keep drinks ice cold and are not affected by the outside temperature. Meaning, however hot your car gets, you have an ice cold drink to come back to and throughout your drive!”