In the event of a breakdown or accident, it's vital to keep an emergency car kit in the boot, which should include a few essential tools.
Of course, this list could go on indefinitely (and we could include our car perfumes in it too!), but it's all about striking a balance between taking up valuable space in the car boot and having the tools you need to get back on the road.
First Aid Kit - There are compact kits available that contain all of the essentials and are designed to be kept in your car.
Torch – Yes, you have a torch on your phone, but you may have to conserve battery power. Keep a torch in the glove compartment with a spare set of batteries.
High Visibility Vest - This will help other drivers see you on the road. Keep one in your glove compartment and slip it on if you need to exit your vehicle.
Tow Rope - If your car can't be fixed by the roadside, a tow rope will help get you towed to safety. Towing your vehicle isn't something that every driver can – or wants to – attempt, but if you do, then do it safely.
A blanket - To keep in the boot for cold weather emergencies or warm weather picnics in the park.
Water – Stuck in traffic or broken down? You'll be thankful you packed a water bottle - particularly during warmer weather - even a small bottle of water can prevent discomfort and dehydration.
Warning Triangle - A reflective panel that you position on the road to notify oncoming drivers that there is a hazard ahead, allowing them to see the danger and take measures. They're especially useful if you break down on a curve or a dark road.
Duct tape - This is a terrific product to have in your arsenal. It can hold practically anything together, making it excellent for quick repairs.
Cable ties – Another versatile item to keep in your car. They don't take up any space and have oodles of uses.
Quick Fix Tyre Repair – These are invaluable, and everyone should have one in their car. An instant (temporary) repair to a punctured or deflated tyre.
Battery Car Charger/Booster – Jumper cables take a back seat! A battery car charger is compact enough to keep in the boot but powerful enough to jump start your dead battery. And you don't have to wait for a passer-by to assist.
Spare phone charger – Another small item you can keep in your glove compartment. Make sure it's compatible with your current car model.
A can of WD40 - because it is capable of doing almost anything from loosening extra-tight wheel nuts and stuck parts to protecting metal from corrosion.