In recent years the safety features on cars have improved enormously with everything from curtain airbags to drowsy driver detection systems ensuring that you are as safe as possible behind the wheel. But when you do have an accident or your car breaks down, it’s important to have a range of safety accessories with you. These can help ensure that you can either help yourself or summon assistance as soon as possible. Here are the 11 safety accessories that everyone needs to have in their car.

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Reflective hazard triangle

This is a basic piece of equipment that you should store in your car in case of breakdowns. You can set up the hazard triangle to let other motorists know that you have broken down and that they need to avoid you. In many European countries, carrying a warning triangle is a legal requirement.

Hi-Viz jacket

Just as it is important to have a reflective triangle in case you breakdown at the roadside, you should also have with you a high visibility jacket. Yes, you need the triangle to warn motorists about your car, but it’s even more important that they can see where you are.

Blanket

A blanket might not seem like much of a safety accessory, but it’s something that you should keep in your car at all times – especially when the weather gets cold. You might think that you’ll be fine with your car heating on full blast, but if your car breaks down and the heating no longer works, you’ll get very cold, very quickly.

Car fire extinguisher

One form of safety accessory that is gaining popularity is the car fire extinguisher. These can be fixed into your car so that if the worst was to occur and a fire broke out, you would be in a position to deal with it immediately. It’s not something we would ever like to imagine happening to us. But if it did occur, it’s always best to be prepared.

Wind-up torch

Having engine troubles is bad enough, but if it happens at night time and you’ve got no way to take a look at your engine, it’s even worse. That’s why it pays to always have a wind-up torch with you. They don’t need batteries, so you can just wind them up and go. This means you have to worry about getting stuck in the dark.

Dash camera

A dash camera can’t protect you in the way that an airbag can, but it is nevertheless a piece of car technology that many believe will soon come as standard. This is because these devices give a high quality recording of the events leading up to an accident. It’s always good to have a record of exactly what happened for insurance purposes.

Spare tyre

You should always have a spare tyre with you in case you find yourself with a flat tyre while driving. Even if you don’t know how to change one yourself, many breakdown services such as the AA and RAC won’t be able to get you back on the road unless you have a spare tyre with you.

Jump leads

Just as with as with a spare tyre, it’s important to have jump leads in your car at all times. Even if you don’t know how to use them it’s likely that you will be able to find someone who does.

Emergency charger

There is an argument that we have become too reliant on our mobile phones and that all you need is a map or loose change for a payphone to accomplish the same things a mobile phone can do. But in practice, your phone can be a life saver if you have an accident, and if the battery has died it can leave you in serious trouble. Make sure you have an emergency charger for your phone somewhere in the car.

First aid kid

You should have a first aid kit that can deal with the basics in an emergency. This should include wipes, bandages and tape.

Water bottles

It’s always a smart idea to have bottled water with you. This can both be for you to drink in an emergency, or to top up the radiator or windscreen.

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