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5 Must-Have Car Accessories



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 and needing to find someone who knows how to jump start a car. 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?!

Zander Chance is a technology nut who is always first in line to try out the latest tech gadgets. He also has been an active affiliate marketer for the past 15 years, and he writes about his adventures in that on his blog.

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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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