Do you like to keep your car clean or has your car become a storage space? Whatever your type of trip, we believe that a certain number of accessories may be essential (more or less) to have in your vehicle.
Here is a selection of essential accessories.
Liquids may leak in your car, especially if you are travelling with children. To protect your seats and other surfaces from residue, have a pack of disposable wipes on hand to quickly limit liquid traces on the surfaces.
Some wipes have a good smell and allow for quick cleaning, so your car stays clean and smells good. You can also keep wipes specially designed for the car dashboard to keep plastics clean and dust-free.
A good deodorant
No one likes to get into a smelly car, so do you a favour and always have a nice smelling car interior. From the magic tree to the air freshener, it’s up to you to choose the size and fragrance you like. Remember to air your car anyway.
Shine spray brightens up
Having a bottle of detailing product that brings a flash shine (in the quick sense) to your interior is a good choice. This spray product is simple and guarantees a perfect finish, no matter where you are.
Car waste bin
If you spend time on the road, you may accumulate a lot of garbage and it can go fast, papers, a bottle, etc. that can end up under the front seat and in the empty pockets.
To keep a car cabin clean, you can buy a car trash can. Some are attached or positioned in the cup holder.
If you walk your dog on the grass, near the mud, in nature, etc. you know that by stepping into your car you will generate traces, at least on your car mats. To save you cleaning time, keep a box of disposable overshoes with you, you won’t regret it!
Wipe for glass
To avoid nasty sunlight reflections on windows and windshields, you can have window cleaning wipes available. For a 100% safe driving and to get rid of dirt, dust and fingerprints, it is the easiest and fastest.
To quickly remove condensation from internal surfaces on cold mornings, use a natural anti-fog pad. These handy microfiber cloths quickly wipe away moisture while keeping the windows clean and burr-free. It is essential in winter.
Car vacuum cleaner
We will not lie to each other, car vacuum cleaners are not yet powerful enough for impeccable detailing work, BUT they allow you to clean up and remove dust, crumbs, small stones, etc. easily. The technical progress in car vacuum cleaners has nevertheless been significant in recent years.
Soft cloth (for cleaning under the hood)
Whether it’s checking the oil or any other level, there are a lot of small jobs to do under the hood that require a good old-fashioned cloth. So be sure to keep one in your car if you ever have to wipe oil on your hands or spilled gasoline.
Manual of your car
What is this warning light that just came on? What is the pressure level I should have in the tires? What is the maximum load weight?
Your car manual will answer all these questions and more, by providing clear and precise explanations to your questions and concerns about your car.
Battery charging cables
Having the famous red and black cables in your car in case of a flat battery can save you the trouble; on condition that you find another motorist who is willing to help you.
A flat battery is one of the most frequent failures, so it is important to have battery charging terminals in your car.
Information in case of failure
If your insurer’s information, etc., is in your phone, but you have forgotten it or it is out of order, you need to have this information available in paper format to call your insurer in the event of a breakdown (Telephone number, references, insurance number, etc…)
Wearing a high visibility jacket is in French law. You will be much safer on the side of the road and much more visible with this famous yellow vest. Remember to have some for the different occupants of your car as well….
Road map book or GPS
Even if you know where you’re going, a map book and GPS are useful in a car, to avoid traffic jams for example or to find essential points of interest such as toilets, car parks, etc.
Warm emergency clothing
On the side of the road or stuck in your car, without the heat of a working car, it can quickly get cold. Since it is not always clear how long it will take for help to arrive, it is important to be able to stay warm.
Torch, lantern, lamp
Don’t forget to have spare batteries with your lamp; otherwise it is a completely useless accessory in your car.
Don’t be caught off guard with a flat battery phone on your next trip. Beyond normal calls and messages, the phone can save your life in an emergency.