For even the most tidy of folks, a vehicle’s glove box can be a refuge for junk. Everything from a broken flashlight to your once-favorite CD might be in there and you have no idea. While it’s a great place to hide your darkest of secrets, it’s also a great place to store essential glove box tools. Here’s a look at some handy gear for your glove compartment.
The Usual Suspects
It’s not all useless junk in there, right? You most likely have a tire pressure gauge and a small flashlight, and maybe even a few bandages. Look through and restock any broken items and upgrade whenever possible. For example, replace your old flashlight with a smaller, high-powered LED light.
Get organized by throwing away pay stubs, maps and old insurance cards. Your owner’s manual likely has a pocket inside to hold your updated insurance card and registration. If not, a small, simple envelope can keep everything in order for easy access. Proper paperwork aside, store some fresh napkins in there in case you spill your morning coffee, and a travel pack of tissues for the kids.
Safety gear comes in many shapes and sizes. Keep a small medical kit stocked with bandages, tape, gauze and antibiotic cream in your glove box. Mechanics gloves will protect your hands if you need to change a tire and keep you warm if you get stuck in the cold. Finally, an emergency hammer is a great tool should you ever find yourself trapped inside your vehicle.
When it comes to storing tools in your glove box, space is a premium. A multitool lets you hold several tools in the palm of your hand at once. You may want to keep a small ratchet set, some hex wrenches and a pair of wire cutters in there as well. A lighter and a pocket torch are also good to store, as is a small bundle of zip ties and wire shrink wrap.
Let’s face it, your glove box might be a dumping ground for random items. Keeping things simple and organized will help you easily find what you need in a pinch, and any spare space goes to much better use holding tools and supplies you may suddenly need in an emergency.
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Erich Reichert has been an editor and on-air personality in the radio control car hobby for 12 years. A certified car nut since birth, he has written for internationally published titles such as RC Car Action, RC Driver and Xtreme RC Cars, as well as Stuff Magazine, Road and Track and Super Street. He's covered everything from product reviews and tech articles to high-profile lifestyle pieces and celebrity interviews. Erich found his passion for writing after a successful career as an art director, working with brands such as Pepsico, NASCAR, MTV, Nintendo, WWE, Cannondale Bicycles and HBO. He's also a father, an avid hockey fan and an FIA race license holder who enjoys hiking, playing drums and movies.