Picture this: You’re driving along a scenic road when suddenly, you experience a flat tire or encounter a minor car issue. In such situations, having the right tools at hand can be a game-changer. Roadside readiness is all about being prepared for the unexpected and ensuring you have the essential tools to tackle common car problems on the go. In this guide, we’ll explore a selection of must-have tools that every driver should consider including in their car tool set. From basic maintenance to quick fixes, arming yourself with these essential tools will help you stay on the road with confidence and peace of mind.
As mentioned, If you are a handy DIY type person and intend to look after your own vehicles and don’t mind getting your hands dirty it’s time to put together a list of essential car toolset for the car. Obviously, as much as you love to, you cannot have all the tools in the world in the boot of your car, but you can be smart and be space-efficient and go for tools that occupy less space and deliver a lot of punch.
Car Tool Set – Tool Box
To kick off the action, you need a tool Box, to begin with, to keep your iron spotless, Nice hardened plastic or polycarbonate box which is small in size and can fit in a car boot comfortably but still gives you space to arrange all these valuable tools. Nice long strap or rubber holding mounts would help a lot as they can be tied to an anchor point in a car boot and avoid all the possible commotion.
It is probably by far the most valuable tool in your box. There are several types
- Standard or Flat-head screwdrivers
- Phillips screwdriver
- Torque screwdriver
- Offset screwdriver
- Insulated screwdriver
- Hex screwdriver
- Precision screwdriver
There are several composites that make decent kits of screwdrivers that will offer most types and heads. Offset screwdrivers can be really useful as you can use them in those hard-to-reach places. Get one that provides both Philipps and standard screwdriver heads on each end. Insulated ones can help you out in situations where you are dealing with electrical voltages. The ones we really love are the precision ones which probably will not be used as much however when needed they could be an utterly important and valuable asset.
Often at difficult-to-reach places with barrow margins, one must hold the screw in position with figures while holding the screwdriver in other and there goes the eternal tug war of falling screws and screwdrivers. Screw holders can be a Godsend in this case and you can thank us for that. 😊
These are a general-purpose tool which is a must in your car toolset. There are several types
- Needle nose pliers
- Slip joint pliers
- Locking pliers
- Wire stripper pliers
- Cutting pliers
Car Tool Set – Wrenches and Socket Wrenches
If one tool can be universally valued adding it has to be the Wrenches. They come in all sizes and formats etc, complying with either imperial or metric systems. You will find that most vehicles will use metric-based systems however there may be exceptions to it. It is wise to keep a full set of metric-based tools and a subset of imperial ones. A widely important variant of wrenches is socket wrenches. They are available in all different sizes and formats however you might want to buy a full set which comes with some extra extensions to deepen the reach of the tool. The set will also carry different adaptors which will suit various conditions. At minimum you will need at least one rachet bar, adaptor, and a few socket wrench heads. Make sure that set is of good quality and designed to last a few years at least. One very commonly sighted and used wrench type is combination ranches. Each one will carry one open end and another end will be closed or hex type. Again is advisable to have them in a nice clean set with metric system compliance.
A variable wrench can also be very useful. There could be an odd nut that doesn’t fit in any of the wrench sets you have. Try variable wrench in these cases. The variable features actually can become very handy in some situations.
Specialized types of wrenches are torque wrenches. They are like any other wrench albeit with one difference, these are used for special cases when tightness is required to a certain degree. Although we don’t see if you will be using this tool a lot so we can call it an option rather hen mandatory however nice to have it.
Car Tool Set – Tyre Pressure Gauges and Instruments
We would like to recommend having high-quality tyre pressure gauges of at least two types. Use them regularly to keep up with tyre pressure and maintenance. There are some other very specialized gauges i-e compression gauges however they are not for very regular use, especially for home DIY repair regimes. Also, buy a decent digital multi-meter with resistance and voltage measurement. These can be very useful for battery checks and repair/charge.
Quick Jump Starters
Gone are the days when one has to carry bulky mains-charged battery emergency starters or jump starters. You can buy compact, unbelievably small, and efficient footprint USB-charged jump starters. The whole kit fits in a small carry box with cable leads. Their starters look very benign and humble for the job but believe us they carry a super punch. They can hold a charge for long periods and can be easily charged by USB. Life is good since then!
Work lamp or light
Last but not least, a decent compact work light is an essential part of the tool kit. It can be a lifesaver in situations when you break down in full or partially dark places with no street lamps. Fortunately, they do not come in very good variety and sizes and shapes so just pick one which is appealing to you. A headlamp is highly recommended as it eliminates the need for physically holding the light. If not this then buy a light with a magnetic mount.
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