The automotive industry has seen dramatic improvements in recent years. Thanks to technological developments and innovations, not only do modern vehicles bear impressive features and gadgets; they are also safer and more reliable than ever before. And despite an increase in the number of cars on the roads, paradoxically we are seeing a decline in the number of accidents and breakdowns.
However, no matter the age or brand of your vehicle, problems are likely to happen from time to time. Whether your car suffers from a mechanical failure or puncture, you will be left unable to continue your journey. And whilst breakdown services have improved over the years, you are likely to be waiting a while for assistance to arrive!
But breakdowns aren’t always caused by a mechanical or electrical fault - smaller, peripheral issues can also cause drivers to stop in their tracks. The good news is that many less significant problems can be easily resolved if you have the right equipment to hand.
So, here’s our list of three essential tools for emergency car repairs…
Emergency Battery Booster
Flat car batteries represent one of the most frequent reasons for breakdowns. Car batteries deteriorate relatively quickly; a good mechanic will be able to advise how frequently you should change the battery in your car model.
Modern emergency battery boosters can do the job of jump leads without the need for a passing Good Samaritan! So should your battery fail when you are alone in a remote location (and most likely without good phone signal), you’re covered!
Tyre Inflator and Repair Kit
It’s always a good idea to keep a tyre inflator in your car - particularly if you’re going on a long journey. Tyre inflator compressors can usually be connected to your vehicle’s 12V electricity supply. Keeping your tyres sufficiently inflated helps to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy - saving you money too!
In the event of a minor puncture, you can save yourself time and money by repairing the puncture yourself with a tyre repair kit. This isn’t always a long-term solution, but is often enough to get you back on the road.
For more significant tyre punctures, car jacks enable you to replace the damaged tyre with the spare. This is a straightforward procedure that can save you lots of time waiting for a breakdown vehicle. However, it is important to find the right car jack for your vehicle. Different car jacks are designed to lift different weights; don’t waste your money buying equipment that isn’t fit for the intended purpose!
Keeping these tools in your car can help you out in a sticky situation. However, it is still a good idea to get your car checked over by a mechanic when you are able to. You should only make repairs to your vehicle if you feel it is safe for you to do so. And if in doubt, call your breakdown provider!
Have you ever done a DIY repair on your car? Did you have the right tools for the job?
© Craig Harbour 2018