I don't know how many times that I have heard a driver tell a story about a time that they were stranded and what they could have used at that time to have made them more comfortable or made it so that they could get back on the road and driving again.
There are a lot of things that drivers should have in their car at all times. If you do not have these items, I would suggest that you go and get them as soon as possible and especially if you are planning to take a trip somewhere. I keep these in my car at all times because you never know when you are going to need them.
The first thing is pretty obvious and yet a lot of drivers tend to leave these behind because they assume that it will not happen even though it happens more than a lot of people think. These things are a spare tire and a four way tool or lug ranch and a jack. I didn't carry a jack for the longest time because I assumed that if I ever got stranded with a flat tire, someone would stop and give me a helping hand. I got stranded not to long after making this statement and was stuck in the same spot for hours before a highway patrol came to help me. I guess that I forgot that with all the murders and thieves, there are a lot of people who will not stop for you at all because they are afraid too. This is a sad logic but a very true one.
Flashlights can be a life saver when you are stuck in the dark. I always keep a flashlight in the car on the floorboard of the passenger side. I also found that it can make a pretty nifty weapon if someone were to attack you. This is not because I have used one as a weapon but because I had a friend who was attacked at a gas station and she used it to ward of her attacker. I would not recommend this unless you are in extreme danger for your life. A flashlight can also help you to see if you lose something or can't see something in the dark. I would recommend a steal flashlight, the plastic ones usually break easily.
Emergency road side kit. This can be bought at places like Wal-Mart and it usually comes with things like a small air compressor that can be plugged into your cigarette lighter, a tire gouge, a few tools to help you, a battery charger, emergency flairs, and other such items. There are different ones that you can buy and the price depends on the one that you choose. This is a neat kit and it makes a perfect gift for other drivers or for teenagers who are just learning to drive.
If you don't have things like On Star, you better carry a map. I have two maps in my car, one for my state and one for the city roads in which I live. I get lost easy and I have also taken the wrong road a time or two. A map is a handy device to have and it may save you a lot of wear and tear on your car and gas for that matter. If you don't have a state map, you might want to consider getting one.
Spare change can come in handy when you are stuck out in a place and need to use the phone booth but there is no where to get change. I usually keep about two dollars worth of change in my car for emergency use.
A book full of phone numbers that you might need is also a good thing to have. I don't know how many times that my cell phone has went dead and I couldn't remember the numbers on it. My cell phone is my life and without it, I am lost when it comes to remembering important numbers.
This brings me to my next item. If you have a cell phone, purchase a car charger and leave it in your car. I hate it when my cell phone battery goes dead and I have no way of getting the numbers off of it.
There are a lot of things that drivers should have in their car and yet most of us do not think that it is necessary. Wouldn't it be nice if none of us ever got stranded on the side of the road? Well, this is not that likely that it will not happen at some time or another.