• Oct 6, 2006
What are those items that you always bring with you on an inaugural ride in a brand new car, or those things that you transport from one vehicle to the next that you can't live without? Automotoportal posted a list of the Top Things You Must Have in Your Car and for the most part we wholeheartedly disagree with the choices (the full list can be found after the jump). Lip balm? A Candy bar? Those hardly make the cut of must have items for motoring in our book.
We did agree with the inclusion of the American Map 2007 U.S. Road Atlas, although we'd prefer a portable sat-nav system to the old ink and parchment. The meager pen is also a must have for scribbling missives while tooling along or penning a good-bye letter when stranded in a snow drift. Sure, a first-aid kit is a good idea, but don't spend your own money on that, let your mother buy it as a Christmas or Chanukah present. And a flashlight? I always have two of them with me when driving; they're called the left and right headlights. Joking aside, if you're going for essentials then where's the bottled water, extra quart of oil, blanket and road flares?

Missing from the list entirely is spare change, and lots of it. And we're not talking about pennies here, we mean quarters. Quarters are about ten times more valuable inside a car than out because you can hardly ever find one when it's time to pay the piper his toll fee. Kudos to the first company who installs a portable mint in the glovebox to produce quarters on demand, we'd take that over heated and cooled cup holders any day. The Automotoportal list also doesn't include any tuneage. At this point I'd rather listen to silence while driving than local radio, so if there's no iPod or satellite radio handy than we need to inform Houston we have a problem.

What items do you need with you at all times in the car? If you answer lip balm, you will be made fun of.

[Source: Automotoportal]

Top 10 Things You Must Have in Your Car (from Automotoportal):

1) American Map 2007 U.S. Road Atlas - The must-have! This brand new edition -- the gold standard of road atlases -- delivers all the features of a deluxe atlas at a price you'd expect to pay for an atlas with much less to offer. With colorful, easy-to-read maps, spiral binding, and accuracy guaranteed, this item is a necessity for every driver on the road.

2) Umbrella - "Murphy's Law" - It will rain on the day you have that important client meeting.

3) Pen - We all do business and take messages in the car.

4) Flashlight - Everyone drives at night; make sure you're not left in the dark.

5) First Aid Kit - You never know when you'll need a band aid - and won't have one in the car.

6) Tire Gauge - In this time of skyrocketing gas prices, correct tire pressure will increase gas mileage.

7) Sunglasses - Two words - sun glare!

8) Lip Balm - Might not be essential, but it's nice to have in the glove compartment.

9) Air Freshener - Whether it's takeout food or hockey equipment, no one wants their car to smell like the stuff we transport.

10) Candy Bar - As you go from point "A" to point "B" and you don't want to stop, you might need a quick snack.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      What goes in the hatch is up to me... and usually it's:

      1. Tool box 1 (97 tools)
      2. Tool box 2 (13 tools)
      3. Full dealer service manual
      4. Booster cables
      5. Roadside emergency kit
      6. Snow stuff like scrapers
      7. Tire chains
      8. Spare tire with pump and jack
      9. LED crank flashlight
      10. Box of spare parts and fluids

      --Noah
      • 8 Years Ago
      oh yeah, and to clarify the flashlight comment: make it a 3-D cell maglite, within easy reach of the driver (me). none of that sawed off baseball bats or axe handles for me. simple maglite does the same damage and can't be cited for concealed weapon. :-D
      • 8 Years Ago
      1) Leatherman
      2) Cell
      3) Leather cleaner/conditioner & rag (quick fix)
      4) A bunch of napkins in glovebox
      4) Car already has navigation
      5) Lighter
      6) Insurance/copy of DL
      7) CD's
      8) Radar detector
      9) Replacement bulbs (handy when u least expect it)
      10)Jumper cables (only when I go out of town tho)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yooper list.

      1. Come-along
      2. Strong nylon rope
      3. Hydraulic jack
      4. Full size spare tire from the old truck (brand loyalty is both required and expected)
      5. Any mounts or lights installed for snowplowing that will fit from old truck, regardless of condition
      6. Axe, sledgehammer and other useful tools
      7. Winter survival gear
      8. Ammunition
      9. Bottle opener
      10. Favorite beer cozies
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dont forget a case of engine oil, wiper fluid, rock salt, small shovel, enough stuff to get ya out of a jam all the while reducing ya trunk space by 15%.

      I could add tire chains, jumper cables, full emergency tool kit, and duct tape.

      Dump the blond, brunette and or red head.. especially if they are driving.. theres too much air in either of them. And real men dont need leather wheels.. or leather interior. Just put on rubber floor mats front and rear.. a good bon jovi / aerosmith / u2 / depesche mode / inxs CD.. and life is made.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The real source of the list is Langenscheidt Publishing Group/American Map.

      This probably explains why it sucks, and is only really promotion for the 2007 U.S. Road Atlas.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A disposable camera in the glove box in case you are in a collision and need to snap some pics

      As a Canadian, I shall also contribute to the list of essentials for Canucks

      - Fishing Pole
      - Pack of Zig Zags (whites)
      - Subwoofer
      - Extra pucks
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just got a 1990 subaru legacy awd... I don't have it all yet, but will very soon have...

      1. Full size spare (I drive 70 miles to and from ski resort that i work at in the winter, dummy spares are only supposed to run for 60 miles max) - Have this already

      2. Ice Scraper (Ski resort again.. when I get off work I want to leave, not wait for defrost to melt 1" of ice) - Have it

      3. Jumper Cables (My poor legacy doesn't have this fancy run-down protection you speak of.. not to mention that i like to help others when I can) - They are in the cab of my old truck

      4. Squeegee (Mud and slop from nasty roads... never know when the wipers wont handle it) - Have it

      5. Tire guage (gas mileage and handling are very important. Plus, I want the expensive winter tires I bought to last for several winters) - As soon as I go to auto parts store

      6. Microfiber cloth (Many uses.. wiping fog off of window, wiping up spills, etc.) - Have it

      7. Sunglasses (It's bright in the summer AND in the winter) - Have it.

      8. Mp3 Player (I lose focus if I get bored while driving, music keeps me aware. It also makes the trips more fun.) - Have it.

      9. Flashlight (You just never know...) - Have it.

      10. Gear oil, motor oil, antifreeze (I have a gear oil leak that no one can find to fix) - Have it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1. Engine
      2. Transmission
      3. Gasoline
      4. Oil
      5. Steering wheel
      6. Brake pedal
      7. Gas pedal
      8. Blonde
      9. Brunette
      10. Redhead
      • 8 Years Ago
      1) phone charger
      2) Sirius
      3) shake-to-charge LED flash light
      4) gloves
      5) sunglasses
      6) maps
      7) Absorber brand poly towel
      8) leatherman
      9) twenty dollar bill
      10) DC/AC inverter
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think a car should also have a pain killer
      • 8 Years Ago
      top 3 things u must have in your car in the rest of world
      1. IED protection
      2. Bullet proof glass / armour
      3. A turban and a fake beard to blend in.
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