5 Accessories & Tools You Should Always Keep In Your Car

This small tool could save your life in the event of an accident. Made in the Netherlands, LifeHammer can help you escape from an overturned or damaged vehicle by cutting through jammed seat belts and breaking car windows. LifeHammer mounts easily with double-sided tape or Velcro and has a luminescent pin to help you find it in dim light or darkness. Think of it as your own personal Jaws of Life.

You never know when you’ll need a tow. At 30 feet long and three inches wide, with a 30,000-pound capacity and double-stitched webbing, the Smittybilt Recovery Strap can pull you out of a sticky situation. You can also use this strap for pulling fallen debris out of your way or moving heavy loads around your shop.

Jump-N-Carry JNC660 1700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter can boost your car’s battery in a hurry—up to two times faster than your average portable charger. Features include multiple charging modes, electronic push-button controls, microprocessor control, and fully automatic operation, which combine to make this a great tool for giving your car battery a boost when it’s running low.

Fire Extinguishers are an often forgotten element in most Vehicle Emergency Kits, and an item we feel is very important to have with you. How many times have you seen a car on the side of the road that was either on fire, or nice and crispy from being on fire. It happens, and having a Fire Extinguisher with you could mean the difference between a burnt hose, and a burnt car. There are quite a few Vehicle Fire Extinguishers that are manufactured, and even some that have a handy velcro backed bracket that will hold it in place on your vehicle’s carpet.

Fire Extinguishers made for vehicles will typically come in two different dry chemical configurations (ABC and BC), to fight different classifications of fires.

Here’s a crash course on fire classes, using the wrong type of fire extinguisher on the wrong class of fire can make things dramatically worse!

Class A: Ordinary Combustibles – Wood, Paper, Cloth, Trash, Plastics and Solids that are not metal.

Class B: Flammable and Combustible Liquids – Gasoline, Oil, Grease, Acetone and all Flammable Gasses.

Class C: Energized Electrical Equipment and Battery Powered Equipment

Class D: Combustible Metals – Potassium, Sodium, Aluminum, Magnesium (these require a special extinguishing agent)

Obviously carrying both types of extinguishers, ABC and BC, would be ideal, but at the least get a small ABC extinguisher made for a vehicle.

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