When taking a seemingly routine drive, nobody ever expects the unexpected, such as an unfortunate flat tyre or receiving a phone call from an important client. This results in major inconvenience and a colossal waste of time if you are not well equipped. The last thing you want is to scramble endlessly for help.
It always pays to err on the side of caution. Here are 6 handy things you should always be equipped with to avoid sticky situations during your drive.
1. Spare cash card
Many a time, we’ve seen a car stuck at the exit gantry of a carpark due to insufficient funds in the driver’s cash card, accompanied by a snaking queue behind. It’s no fun causing a jam and having to reverse out of the way while a string of cars honk angrily at you. To save yourself the panic and inconvenience, always have a spare cash card in your car. Just ensure that it, too, has money in it!
2. Compact battery jump starter
Being stranded with a dead battery is one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a car owner. But with life-changing compact jump starters that are only the size of your smartphone’s power bank, as opposed to bulky car starters, you can breathe easy in the event your car runs flat. Simply grab it, hook it up, and start your car with minimal effort. Just don’t forget to charge the pack!
3. Wet wipes
These multi-purpose packs of disposable moist towels can literally help you out of a sticky situation. Given Singapore’s brutal heat and humidity, wet wipes come in extremely handy when you’re rushing off to meet your next client – a quick five-minute facial wipe-around keeps you feeling clean and refreshed. Plus, they are really great for removing dirt off your car (read: bird poo on the windscreen, dusty dashboards and food stained seats).
In hot, sunny Singapore, uncomfortable glares and distracting reflections can impair visibility when driving and may cause freak accidents. Sunglasses are great at protecting against the glare while driving, which in turn leads to better visibility, keeping you comfortable and everyone safe on the road.
5. Basic first-aid kit
You don’t have to keep an elaborate arsenal of medical gear in your trunk, but a mini kit of the essentials can make all the difference in times of emergencies. Items such as bandages, burn cream, antibacterial ointment, pain reliever and a small extinguisher designed for automotive use are some of the vital things to be stocked in your first-aid kit.
6. FIV Personal Driver Mobile App
We all have those exhausting work days when we simply are too tired to drive ourselves home, and being a potential road hazard at that. With professional chauffeurs handling your car, there is no need to worry about landing yourself in unfavourable situations while driving. And that’s when the FIV Personal Driver mobile app comes in handy. Instead of spending an exorbitant amount to hire a full-time chauffeur, you only pay when you use. At an affordable hourly rate of SGD35, book a chauffeur with the FIV mobile app when you need one. Download the FIV app on iTunes or Google Play to try the service!
Did we miss anything on this list? We would love to hear on the one handy item you keep in your car!