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5 Must-Have Car Accessories

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There are some basic car accessories that every man should have on hand to deal with any situation that might come up. Here are our top picks:

1. Jumper Cables

Carrying jumper cables in your trunk is a no-brainer. If you forget to turn off your lights, leave your car parked for a long period of time, or just have an older battery, you could be left stranded without warning.

This is not the place to go cheap. You want a 6 Gauge cable that’s long enough to reach the other car. Our choice? The AAA Heavy Duty 16′ 6 Gauge Booster Cable.

 

2. 12-Volt Mini Air Compressor

I have a regular air compressor in my garage, but I like to keep a small compressor in my trunk for emergencies. The Airman Tour Pump is powered by the vehicle battery using the cigarette power jack, and includes a built-in dial air pressure gauge. Use it to top off your tires before a long trip instead of wasting a bunch of quarters on the gas station’s pump.

 

3. Digital Tire Gauge

If you just want to quickly check your pressure without a hassle, then keep a small digital tire gauge in your glove compartment. The Accutire Digital Tire Gauge features heavy-duty construction to withstand life in your tool box or glove compartment. Its LCD display is large and easy to read, and displays pressure readings in 0.5-pound increments. This gauge is also equipped with automatic shut-off functionality to preserve battery life.

 

4. Jack Stands

You’ve heard the story before – Someone jacks up their car, and while underneath the car the jack gives way. Get a set of sturdy jack stands, and work on your car safely! The Torin 2-Ton Jack Stand features a double locking pawl-and-tooth design for extra protection, and the one-piece multi-position ductile ratchet bar provides super strength and durability. A quick adjustment mechanism securely locks it into the desired location providing extra safety.

 

5. First Aid Kit

You never know when you’ll need a first aid kit. Be prepared for anything with the Medique 61-Piece First Aid Kit, which includes bandages, gloves, butterfly closures, an instant cold pack, tape, antibiotic ointment, cotton tips, burn cream ointment, finger splints, alcohol prep pads, a first aid guide, sting relief prep pads, gauze pads, sterile antiseptic prep pads, scissors, and a roll of gauze. What more could you possibly need?!

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  1. CJ

    May 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    You should also keep a flashlight in the car! I had to pull over the other night on a dark road without any street light, and it was impossible to see anything.

    I have a small LED flashlight back home, and that’s now in my glove compartment.

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