You never know what obstacles or mishaps you’re going to come across on the road, and there are a set of things that every car owner should have to ensure they’re prepared for just about any eventuality. If you live in the city, you’re probably never too far from a mechanic or someone that can help you out, but we still recommend the following 5 essentials.
If you live in or are travelling around a more rural area, consider stocking up your car with much more than we’ve listed here, because no one wants to find themselves stranded out in the bush.
1. The car owner’s manual
Most drivers keep their owner’s manual in the glove compartment for safe keeping. It comes with your Hyundai, and we recommend keeping it in there. You’ll find yourself referring to it regularly when you want information such as recommended fuel and tyre pressure levels. In short: the owner’s manual is your best friend you can consult whenever you need maintenance or troubleshooting advice about your specific vehicle.
2. Jumper cables
If your car’s battery dies and no one can come and help you out, what do you do? Well, with jumper cables and an emergency battery booster (if no Good Samaritans are nearby), you can get moving again without having to wait forever for your insurance provider’s roadside assistance. Familiarise yourself on the jump starting process and consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your car.
3. Car insurance
In Australia, it’s mandatory for every registered car to have “Green Slip” or CTP (Compulsory Third Party) insurance. Comprehensive and Third Party insurance are not required by law, but it’s a good idea to consider taking these out, so you’re financially protected in case of an accident. Just because not having insurance might save a few dollars in the short-term, taking it out reduces your risk of driving into an expensive nightmare at some point down the line.
4. A spare tyre
We’ll correct this: make sure you have an inflated spare tyre, along with a jack and lug wrench. Getting a flat tyre is frustrating, especially if you’re in the middle of nowhere. Learn how to change the tyre before driving anywhere - you’ll thank yourself for it later.
5. An emergency kit
You’ve probably already got a first aid kit at home, but have you considered taking a lighter version with you on the road? Make sure your kit has all the essentials, including gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, band aids and scissors. You might want to also keep a wider emergency kit to hand, too, with a torch, energy bars, fresh drinking water and a weather radio.
Shop the essentials at Phil Gilbert Hyundai
You can buy Hyundai Genuine Parts online at Phil Gilbert Hyundai, or visit our Hyundai Service Centres in Lidcombe and Croydon. Make sure you’re prepared for any Aussie adventure off-road or through the city and get extra peace of mind. For more information or advice, give us a call on (02) 9735 8400.