What to keep in your glove box
Have you ever wondered what the purpose of that little compartment on the dashboard in front of the passenger seat is for? Contrary to popular belief, it is not a trash can, a CD case, or an organizer for condiments. Your glove box, or glove compartment as it’s technically called, should be dedicated to a select few items that you should always have access too in your vehicle. Fear not, we here at Drive Wheaton will make sure you know exactly what to keep in your glove box.
1 – Documents
Nobody likes getting pulled over, but just in case you do it’s a lot better to be prepared. Have your registration and proof of insurance ready and handy right on top of your glove box at all times. It’s a great idea to keep a copy of your driver’s license and an I.C.E. card in there as well.
2 – Owner’s Manual
Not many people actually sit down and read their manual, and there are a lot of pieces to it that aren’t exactly necessary. If you shed the unnecessary weight, and simply keep that actual manual and the service schedule packet in the glove box. These things can clue you into pertinent details if something goes wrong with your vehicle.
3 – Tire Pressure Gauge
This is a really important one. Some people would say to keep fix-a-flat supplies in here as well, but the gauge is the most important thing. You should eyeball your tires every time you pump gas, and if they’re looking a little light you can bust out your gauge and make sure the pressure is at the right number. If it isn’t, fill them up with air at the Free Air pump most gas stations have.
4 – Flashlight
You never know when you’ll need a flashlight, and keeping a small but powerful one right in your glove box is essential. Lose something in your cabin at night, get into an accident and half to walk in the dark, anything like this could happen and a flashlight could make all the difference.
5 – Phone Charger/Cell Phone
Having a cell phone is one of the smartest decisions you can make if you’re going to be on the road. If something terrible were to happen and you get stranded in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire, or you have an accident that prevents your from driving any further, or anything else like this, you’re going to need to call somebody. If you don’t have a regular cell phone, just pick up a cheap prepaid and keep it in the glove box, otherwise make sure you have a portable charger that will plug right into a lighter port or whatever your vehicle needs so you can charge it up and call whoever you need.
The list could vary person to person, as different people think different things belong in the box, but this is simply a small list of the top five items we personally find important to keep in the glove box. These items range from life-saving to just plain saving the day, but they’re all fairly necessary and each have their purpose. We hope our list helps you decide what to keep in your glove box next time you’re cleaning out your car.