No one can predict when and where their car is going to break down, but there is one thing you can guarantee and that is that there is never going to be a good time for this to happen. A breakdown usually happens very suddenly, and the malfunction of a breakdown can end up with you being stranded miles away from home or help. With this in mind, there are many things you should have in your truck at all times – with no exceptions, these basic items could help to get you back on the road or even save your life. Read on to find out more.

Jump leads

A dead car battery can happen to any of us, taking this into consideration, having jump leads in the car is essential. Dead batteries are quite simply a part of having a car but reliable jump leads could be the thing that gets you back on the road in no time.

First aid kit

You can get yourself a first aid kit premade or put one together yourself. Make sure you include bandages in various sizes, an antibiotic cream such as Savlon, over-the-counter pain relievers, allergy medicine, hand sanitizer, and cotton pads. For further preparation, consider packing a thermometer, heating pad, battery-powered radio, and any medications you or your family may need in emergency circumstances.


Bottled water or even a large jug of it in your boot, if you are in a situation where you are stranded for an extended period and dehydrated, water could prove to be very useful. You can also use water to clean oil off your clothes or pour into your radiator if your car in the situation that your car overheats.

Spare tire

Having a spare tire is important for all drivers. If you get a flat tire, you’ll need to use a few tools a jack, tire iron or wrench, and pipe, to remove your bad tire and replace it with the spare. Being able to change a tyre cannot be underestimated in its importance for any driver.

A basic tool kit

Having a tool kit, even a small basic one can be an absolute lifesaver when you are in a situation where your car is broken down. It’s worth keeping items such as a tire gauge, screwdrivers, pliers, oil, brake fluid, duct tape, antifreeze, and a pocket knife in your tool kit.

Breaking down on the roadside can be traumatic for any motorist, particularly if your car stops on the motorway. Luckily our expert team of mechanics at Adderley Green Garage are on hand 24 hours a day to get you back on the road, for further information on our range of services get in touch.