7 useful car tools every driver should own

 

7 useful car tools that will make car owning much easier and cheaper.

Even if you never do any DIY on your car, here are 7 useful car tools that every driver should own or have access to.

Don’t worry, we are not talking about getting your hands dirty and stripping engines. We’re not talking mechanics tools, just useful car tools that every driver will benefit from owning. Maybe you already have some, or someone in your family will own some,  so find out today !!

jump leads image1). Jump leads (booster cables).
Hopefully you will never suffer from your car not starting due to a flat battery. However, if you do you’ll be glad to have a set of jump leads to get you going again. With a set of jump leads and a relatives or neighbours car, just follow these instructions here and you should be able to get your car started again.

Keep a set in your boot and you never know, you might even be able to get someone else out of a fix. Click on the image for more details.

battery booster image2). Battery booster.
Another one for using when your car has a flat battery.  An alternative to jump leads, these car tools can start your engine without the use of another vehicle.

Keep your battery booster fully charged using a plug in your house. They are also useful items to have as they sometimes have a torch on them as well as a tyre inflator.  Here is a guide on How to use a Battery Booster. Click on the image for more details.

car battery charger3). Battery charger.
Another one for flat battery lovers (haters). Allow yourself time to get your battery fully charged – here is our guide on how to charge your car battery.  Make sure you do look into why your battery has gone flat, might be a faulty battery or alternator. Click on the image for more details. These car tools make you a very useful friend tp have, maybe the only time you will ever need to use one will be to charge someone else’s battery.

Tow rope4). Tow rope.
This is an essential and low cost item that should be kept in the boot of every vehicle.  Whether its used to tow your car home, or just to move it to a safer place after a breakdown, remember you get what you may for so don’t be too cheap or you’ll be in trouble when you do come to use it. Click on the image for more details. One of these car tools also makes you a very useful friend, maybe the only time you will ever need to use one will be to rescue someone else.

Telescopic wheel wrench5). Wheel wrench.
Lets face it, the spider brace or small tyre wrenches that come with cars as standard are completely rubbish.  Most of the time they will not loosen tight wheel nuts, leaving you stranded with a flat tyre.  Get yourself a telescopic wheel brace to replace the stock item in your boot, you’ll be glad you did. Low cost and a real life saver, check your wheel nut size before buying. Click on the image for more details. This is a very labour saving car tools that you will hopefully never have to use, but just imagine if you did get a flat tyre and you could remove the wheel because you didn’t have one of these.

Tyre pressure gauge6). Tyre pressure gauge.
You should all know the safety importance of having the right pressure, but what about the financial cost too !! Running with under or over inflated tyres causes premature wear, so a few quid spent on a tyre pressure gauge could save you a small fortune in tyre costs.  It could also help to spot a tyre that needs attention due to say a slow puncture or faulty valve. These car tools only costs a few pounds, and yes we all say that we will check our tyres the next time we go and fill up, then what happens. You forget or you get there and someone else is using it and you don’t have time to wait.

Tyre depth gauge7). Tyre tread depth gauge.
It is very important to ensure your tyres are well in excess of the legal tyre depth. What can also save you a lot money is finding out the optimum time to rotate your tyres (front to back). A few quid spent on a tyre depth gauge can ensure that you squeeze as many miles as possible from your tyres.

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