The glove compartment (also known as the glove box) was originally designed to store driving gloves – hence the name. Gloves were considered necessary equipment in early cars since many did not have a hard top. The gloves would prevent the cooling effect of fast-moving air from numbing the driver’s hands.
Now we have sturdier roofs on our vehicles, and the glove compartment is a well-sized and easy-to-access place that can be used to store driving essentials. But what exactly should you keep in that handy little box?
Here’s what you should consider keeping in your glove compartment!
Important Documents – Keep all of your important documents such as proof of insurance, automotive registration, and a copy of your driver’s license in a plastic bag or held together by a paper clip.
ICE Card with Vital Information – It’s a smart idea to keep an “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) card with important information about you and your family members in your glove box. Be sure to list emergency contacts, physicians, any medications used or allergies for you and your family on the card. This is great to have in case you’re involved in an accident and can’t communicate these important facts yourself.
Owner’s Manual – Many manuals come in combo packs with stereo and navigation instructions, optional warranties, and more. In order to have room for other essentials, most experts recommend storing only the main manual in your glove compartment so that way you’ll have vital information about your car’s engine and more at hand when you need it.
Tire Pressure Gauge – This is a small and useful tool to have on hand in the event that your tires have low air pressure.
Flashlight – You don’t have to have a big flashlight; there are dozens of small – sometimes even flat – LED flashlights out there. They not only take up very little space, but they also emit a lot of bright light.
Fuses – Stock your glove compartment with a few backup fuses, which can be picked up at a hardware store for a few dollars. Replacing the fuse for lights or windows is fairly simple, especially if you have the right tools on hand.
Phone Charger – A cellphone is one of the most important items you should have with you in a car in the event of an emergency, but it will only be helpful if it has power. Keep a charger around in case your battery is running low.
First Aid Kit – Invest in a small kit from your local drugstore. Add important over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, anti-nausea medicine, and allergy pills for you and your family members.
Pen and Paper – If you’re ever involved in an accident and need to exchange information, you will need something to write on and with. Keep a pad of paper and a working pen in your glove compartment, just in case!
Travel Wipes, Tissues, and Hand Sanitizer – You might not think this should really be included in your glove compartment, but it’s always nice to wipe your hands clean after touching a gasoline hose or before going into a restaurant to eat!
We at Madison Mutual always do our best to look out for you because we know that anything can happen! If you have any questions in regards to your car or auto insurance, be sure to call the experts at Madison Mutual at 1-800-766-MMIC or check us out online at www.madisonmutual.com!