I had an annoying battery failure this morning (accidentally left headlights on) which caused me some hassle.
I only have 1 set of jumper cables…they were in my wife's car and she had already left for work. I went across to the 1st nearby mechanic that was open at the time, and borrowed cables. I used my mother-in-laws car (she happened to be staying with us for a couple weeks) and tried to jump start the car. No luck. I reset the cables and tried again. Still no luck. I then went back to the mechanic to buy a new battery. He gave me the battery for free but obviously needed to pay after it was fitted. While i was in the process of taking the old battery terminals off, the 2nd nearby mechanic happened to walk past with his breakfast and told me to wait and he would grab his portable jump start kit. That worked straight away, and i went and returned the battery……………….No clue WHY that didn't work when i hooked up the leads (possibly the metal wasn't stripped back enough for the black lead?), but let's ignore that for now.
It's all got me thinking, what do people recommend to have in an emergency kit in the car or the garage?
- Portable jump start kit. Most of my issues with cars have been flat tyre or flat battery
- Portable tire inflator, battery and/or runs off 12V supply. As above
- Basic little tool kit. I have plenty of tools but don't have a single one in the car. I really should at least keep a shifter….