Wouldn’t it be nice if any car troubles waited to show up until you were already pulling into the shop? Rather, it seems that trouble comes on the busiest days when we can’t make it to the shop easily. To protect yourself from situations like this, it is a good idea to keep an emergency car kit and set of tools in your car at all times for simple maintenance fixes. Follow this list to build your on-the-road tool box today.

  1. Socket and Screwdriver Set. Even if you aren’t an automotive specialist, you can visually inspect the important parts under the hood for any loose screws causing problems. Keeping a set of various sizes on hand can come in handy so you don’t spend hours waiting for help or a tow to the auto shop.

  2. Duct Tape. It’s the holy grail for quick repairs. Duct tape can hold damaged parts in place or fix a hose for as long as it takes you to get to London Automotive for quality repairs.

  3. Jumper Cables. They are such a simple fix to a common problem that leaves drivers stranded on the roadside. A dead battery can kill your day, forcing you to wait for a tow and possible replacement. With jumper cables, you can jolt your battery back to life for long enough to get to the nearest auto shop for closer attention.

  4. Tire Pressure Gauge. While this tool isn’t necessarily for repairs, it is probably the most important one in your tool kit. Maintaining proper tire inflation is important for your safety and gas mileage, and a tire pressure gauge can help you monitor it often during the change of seasons. Check your tire pressure frequently and especially before a long trip to make sure flats don’t stop you from reaching your destination.

  5. Tire Inflator or Sealant. Even if your car has a spare tire, you might need an inflator to make sure it’s ready to replace a possible flat. Tire sealant can be a real lifesaver on the road too, as it works its way through the valve system to plug puncture holes for long enough to get your car to London Automotive.