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What documents/important things should I keep in my car?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by loopylou, 6 Feb 2006.

  1. loopylou

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Aug 2005

    Posts: 1,337

    Location: Essex

    Hi guy, I just got my first car on the weekend and I was wondering what documents I should be keeping in there.

    I was also wondering about first aid kits and blankets. What do you guys keep in your car safety wise.
     
  2. agw_01

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Apr 2004

    Posts: 19,690

    Nothing at the moment apart from a bottle of anti-freeze.

    When I get my money back on track, I'm going to lose the spare wheel and keep a small toolkit, torch, fire extinguisher, can of tyre weld, jump leads and vital fluids in there.
     
  3. Freefaller

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 87,088

    Location: Falling...

    You're supposed to keep a copy of insurance, licence, v5 forms... I never do. I just keep the photocard bit of my licence on me. I've got a small first aid kit too.
     
  4. cymatty

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: South Yorkshire

    Dont keep any documents in there, if it gets stolen it will be a pain in the ass.
     
  5. loopylou

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Aug 2005

    Posts: 1,337

    Location: Essex

    I was going to buy the Haynes manual for the car too, I'm not intending to do any servicing on it, but I thought it would be useful, just in case.

    I didn't think you were supposed to keep the V5 in there incase the car got stollen. Got my cover note and my plastic photo licence.
     
  6. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Wargrave, UK

    Important things:

    Jack - Self explanatory
    Tyre Iron - See above
    Warning triangle - Make them see you first
    First aid kit - Can stop a minor injury turning in to a major one
    Window smasher - In case of being trapped in the car
    Fire extinguisher - Can stop a minor fire from turning in to an inferno
    Disposable camera - For photographing accident damage, plates of other parties etc.
    Roll of gaffer tape - For securing trim after a minor accident
     
  7. loopylou

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Essex

    cheers for that list, never thought of a window smasher, but prob quite important esp with electric windows.
     
  8. Ukadder

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2004

    Posts: 1,752

    Location: Essex

    What Riot said and...

    Can of De-Icer (for winter times)
    Scraper (for winter times)
    De-misting cloth (for winter as my car takes 10mins to clear if it's very harsh weather)
    Spaire fuses and bulbs (can buy kits which come with the most common types in)
     
  9. thebrasso

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,312

    For me its:

    Car manual (not the full folder bit, just the booklet)
    Copy of my insurance documents
    Breakdown cover details

    I keep a few bits like oil, bulbs, fuses, de-icer, coolant, screen wash and obviously the means to change my wheel.

    I'd say get a wheel brace, basically a handle to put the wheel nut onto which makes removing wheels considerably easier than using the one supplied with the car (in my experience anyway)
     
  10. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

    Joined: 11 Mar 2005

    Posts: 30,292

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    Always in car:

    AA Card
    De-Icer
    Spare wheel / Jack etc
    Insurance docs
    All books that came with the car
    Service recipts
    Spare bulb kit case one fails and i get pulled over
    Torch

    Things i bring with me:

    RAC Card
    Mobile phone (Camera included)
    Drivers licence
    Money
     
  11. Muncher

    Soldato

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    Location: Ipswich

    You should certainly NOT keep the V5 in the car!

    I don't carry anything apart from the photocard which happens to be in my wallet.

    Only things I carry are:

    Disposable camera in case of an accident.
    Warm coat
    Fire Extinguisher
     
  12. thebrasso

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    I think Freefaller just meant a copy of the V5..I know I wouldn't leave the original one in there. I have a disposable camera, gotta remember to put that in the glove box as well.

    I've got a decent sleeping bag and an inflatable air bed as well :cool:
     
  13. loopylou

    Wise Guy

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    Looks like I'm popping to halfords after work then. I have full AA cover which means I would be using that for changing wheels and lights bulbd (I assume the cover would do that too).
     
  14. Ukadder

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Essex

    Yer would expect the AA cover does Lou, though you should be able to do both those yourself and save the hassle (and costs) of makeing a claim and call :p
     
  15. Enfield

    Soldato

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    Location: Hampshire

    Nothing.

    I know I should carry my license but I don't want to loose it.

    I think when I get a car again, i'll buy a dissposable camera, pen and paper just in case of an accident.
     
  16. Freefaller

    Man of Honour

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    I said copy. I.e. photocopy or print press or whatevver copying process you care to choose ;)

    I'd never have any of that info in the car, it seems silly to have all that personal info about you in your car.

    One thing I forgot to add was of course:
    spare wheel
    jack
    basic tool kit
    spare bulbs


    I really ought to get a small fire extinguisher - unfortunately space is a bit of a premium for me. Gaffer tape is a good call.

    I have a disposable camera in my glovebox, as I don't know if they'd accept evidence from a mobile phone camera.
     
  17. saitrix

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,944

    Location: Loughborough

    Car manual
    Breakdown cover details
    Important insurance details
    Pen & paper
    Jack
    Tyre pressure guage
    Spare wheel
    Tool kit with everything I would need to a certain point
    UK map
    Maglite

    Then I always carry my mobile which has an inbuilt camera. I then just normally have my wallet which has my drivers licence inside it.

    Thinking about it I should really start taking the Haynes manual with me also then it will make doing any jobs easier.
     
    Last edited: 6 Feb 2006
  18. loopylou

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Essex

    I'm a "typical" girl though, I don't want to get my hands dirty but if it happened in the middle of the night I would rather get out and change it myself than wait around for an hour for the yellow men to turn up.

    Going to look for a guide on how to change a wheel and a bulb incase I ever need too :/
     
  19. Ukadder

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Essex

    It's kinda cute in a sympathetic puppy eyes way. I believe the Haynes manuals detail how to change wheels/bulbs and all of those sorts of things, and they will be writen directly for your car. May want to buy a torch as well if it's dark.
     
  20. saitrix

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Loughborough

    The Haynes manual does cover such things with pictures to help you out.