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Eight gadgets everyone should keep in their cars


NOW before anyone accuses us of trying to make the interior of their car look like a messy handbag, please hear us out. We have compiled a list of things that we believe every person should keep in their car, not only for safety, but for convenience.

1. Jumper cables - These items might sound arbitrary but most things do, until you need them. Trust us when we say pushing a car or bike isn’t great when you’re one or two people. Price: approx R130.

2. Portable first-aid kit -The small kit contains all the essentials, including bandages, plasters, anti-septic and scissors, for example. Price: approx R200.

3. Multi-tools - These are particularly handy and range from something as simple as a Swiss army knife to a Leatherman, which will ensure that - should something go wrong - you have tools at your disposal to sort out the problem. Price: from R180-R3 000.

4. Seat-belt cutter and window breaker - We have one of these and it’s seriously a vital piece of kit if you’re involved in a serious accident. The concealed blade is extremely sharp and can cut a seat belt in seconds, while the small tip on the other end ensures that with one jab your side window will break. Ours even comes with adhesive on the side, allowing us to mount it in our centre console. Price: from R300.

5. Spare GPS device - We are among those who don’t really utilise built-in GPS systems in cars and would rather use our smartphones. The problem is, these rely on signal and mobile data which, let’s face it, in our country, isn’t fantastic. Therefore, if you can afford one, a stand-alone GPS system would always come in handy or, dare I say it, an old fashion paper map. Price: from R1 000.

6. USB device charger - These versatile little items plug in to either your cigarette-lighter socket or your vehicle’s 12V socket. They can normally accommodate two mobile device cables and will charge your device while you drive. Price: from R120.

7. Quick tyre repair kit - These petite canisters will inflate your flat tyre and allow you to drive to the nearest tyre shop. The time saved and avoidance of potential roadside dangers makes having one of these kits worthwhile. Price: from R200.

8. Loose change or small bills - We recommend that you keep small amounts of cash in a concealed area of your car. You never know when you might need that money for an irate car guard, a traffic light merchant, a snack or even for those last few litres of fuel to get you home.

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