The Glove compartment used to be the place to store… driving gloves. However, fewer drivers use driving gloves and instead use the compartment to stash a number of items. We’ve come up with a list to highlight the essentials you need.
1. Important Documents: Vehicle registration, drivers license, insurance details etc are vital items which should be at the top of this list because you never know when you may need it.
2. Drivers/Owners manual: Your automobile is a machine, and machines do have a tendency to break down. Even if you think know your vehicle well enough, its imperative that you have your drivers manual on you, for troubleshooting instructions, finding authorized service centres, information about maintaining your car, or simply to better understand the symbols on your dashboard.
3. Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge: This is a new entrant, and may be a little difficult to find in Sri Lanka (buy online). However, it is a useful device to have in order to measure your tyre pressure on the go.
4. Rainwear/Umbrella: Given that Sri Lanka is prone to a lot of rain, this should seem like a no-brainer. When its raining hard, you’ll be glad to have packed a small umbrella to ensure that you stay dry.
5. Mobile Phone Charger: In these days, when we are heavily reliant on our phones, the last thing you want is to have a phone battery die when you need it the most. Having a mobile phone charger in your car is a must have item to ensure that you are connected at all times.
6. Spare pen and notebook: This becomes useful just in case you need to write a grocery list, or have to visit a few places on your daily commute. Furthermore, it can also be used to note down insurance information just in case you have a vehicle accident.
7. Wet Tissues (Sanitary Wipes) or a spare cloth: Useful for wiping away the dust from your dashboard. In addition, if you were to spill any food or drink in your vehicle, these are excellent for cleaning up a mess.
8. Flashlight: If you were to accidentally drop something important such as a phone, battery or document, having a spare flashlight will help you find it sooner.
9. Printed map: This may seem counterproductive with the advent of smartphones and Google Streetview in Sri Lanka. However if your smartphone or GPS device were to malfunction, you have the peace of mind knowing that you have a printed map ready, just in case.
10. Extra ‘Siri’ bags: If you are like most Sri Lankan’s, chances are that you will have all of your spare ‘siri’ bags in one place in your house. Make it a point to keep a few extras in your car just in case you have trash to throw away, be it in the form of a wrapper, plastic cup or other disposables.
Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.