The Responsible Driver’s Checklist: 10 Things To Always Keep In Your Car


Jade Poole

Responsible Driver’s Checklist

Are you prepared for the unexpected? Whilst you can’t predict unexpected emergencies, you can plan for them with this practical checklist of 10 must-have items to have in your car at all times. 

Should you ever find yourself in an emergency, you will want to ensure you are prepared for sticky situations (from flat tyres to a flat battery) with this list…

1. Your cellphone and a charger

Whilst you may never go anywhere without your phone, something a number of us often forget is our charger. The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road with a flat tyre or mechanical issues and not have enough battery on your phone to call for help. 

2. Your licence

This might seem like a pretty obvious one, but did you know that the fine for driving without a licence is upwards of R1000? Whenever you get in your car, make sure you have your driver’s licence on you and that it is updated. 

3. Spare wheel and tools to change a tyre

Do you even know where the spare wheel is kept in your car? Make sure you find it and when you do, get it checked out by a mechanic to ensure it is in good working order. 

While you’re at the mechanic, ask them to check your tool kit to ensure you have the all the right tools needed to change a tyre. Getting stuck on the side of the road with a flat tyre (or worse, getting a flat whilst driving at night) is not a situation you want to find yourself in. 

Next, you need to get clued up on how to change a tyre. It’s really easy and with this expert guide, you will be changing tyres in no time. 

4. Jumper cables

This is something you cannot rely on the help of other drivers for. Whilst you obviously need another car to help jump start your own battery, you need to ensure you keep a set of jumper cables in your boot for emergencies. 

5. A first-aid kit

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This is something a number of drivers will forget about and overlook. Not only will a first aid kit come in handy for your own personal emergency, but it can also help others in need of basic medical attention. 

Especially if you have kids, you never know when one of them might get a bump or a bruise when you’re travelling somewhere. 

Have a look at this article to find out exactly what you need to include in your car’s first aid kit. 

6. A tow rope

If your car breaks down, it is advised that you have a tow rope to help move your car off the road whilst you wait for a tow truck to come to help you. (pssst - it helps to have car insurance that includes cover for towing costs). 

7. A map 

What happens when your phone battery dies and you can’t rely on your trusted GPS on your phone? Or worse, you’re in an area with no signal? What do you do? You turn to an old school road map, that’s what. 

8. A torch

This will really come in handy when something goes wrong at night or when you need to change a tyre after dark. 

9. Emergency contact details

You need to ensure you have your emergency contact details saved in your phone and possibly printed out in case you cannot access your phone or your battery has died.

Include your personal contact details and those of your insurance company’s.

Here are the numbers you need to know: 

Emergency - Ambulance (10177)

Emergency - Cell phone (112)

Emergency - National (10111)

10. Car insurance

Whilst this might not really be something you can pack into your car in case of an emergency, it will certainly come in handy to protect you from damage costs associated with an accident. 

You never know when you might be involved in a bumper bashing or a car crash that is completely out of your control. Which is why it pays to have comprehensive car insurance to save you from the financial implications of an accident. (Read: Before you cancel your car insurance, read this)

At Oneplan, we let you tailor your cover according to your budget. You can adjust and choose how much cover you want using our sliding scale. Simply select a percentage of cover you can afford, and we will set your premium according to this. 

The best part is that no matter how much cover you have, our insurance is always comprehensive. Get a no-strings-attached quote right now and find out how we make insurance easy to use, easy to apply and easy to understand. 

Did we mention we also don’t make you go through the tedious effort of vehicle inspections? Simply snap and upload photos or a video of your car to validate it using our Oneplan app. 

Yours in uncomplicated car insurance, 


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