What to keep in your car toolkit

By: Kris LeSueur   |   24 Oct 2022
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A blown-out tire, a busted headlight…you don’t know when and where these things are going to happen. The best thing to do is to be prepared in case these emergencies arise. Driving is not only about learning how to move a car forward, every person who gets behind the wheel must have the know-how in navigating emergency situations. Plus, don’t forget the importance of having the necessary tools.

The following is a breakdown of all the tools that may come in handy in case of a road emergency.


Some car repair works need significant torque. In cases like this, a good set of wrenches will come in handy. You don't have to have all types and sizes, but be sure to include in your tool kit one basic wrench. This one has open-ended branches on one side and a boxed end on the other side.

If you wish to have a whole arsenal of wrenches to make sure you get into all kinds of spaces, there are ratcheting wrench sets, swiveling wrench sets,24-piece sets, and so on.

Wire cutters and pliers

Basic car repairs may include working with wire connections. A descend set of wire cutters and pliers must be in your toolbox for when you need to strip and cut wires.

Socket sets

You may need to tighten and loosen some fasteners here and there when doing car work. It’s going to get a lot easier with a set of sockets that include a variety of sizes and types.


Next in the list is a set of good screwdrivers. There are compact screwdriver kits with replaceable tips. They also come in their own storage box so keeping them safe and organized is not a problem.

Floor Jack

There are many instances where you have to raise your car off the ground like when you change the oil. One thing to consider when getting a floor jack is the height of the car clearance. For most sedans and SUVs, a low-profile hydraulic floor jack is enough.


Keyword: emergency. You never know when it’s gonna happen so be prepared for all possible instances. If you get stuck in the middle of nowhere at night, a flashlight will be helpful.

Zip ties

It can get a little annoying to work with stray wires blocking your view or movement. Zip ties can solve this little problem. Keep a bag of them in your tool kit for chaotic wire emergencies.


Grease, oil, dust, and dirt can stick to your hands when you do some work on your car. Be ready for the after-repair clean-up with a bunch of car cleaners and grease removers.

Bonus item: First-aid kit

While nobody wishes to be wounded, scratched, or get burns, it’s best to have a basic emergency kit in your car. Especially for long drives, some roads are basically empty with no pharmacies or convenience stores to get medicines from. Stock on some basic meds like pain relievers plus some water.

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