These things can happen to anyone. You swing by the nearest coffee shop on your drive home, drink a little too enthusiastically from the packet… and coffee spills all over those leather seats. Or you are driving a drunk pal home and his face has that “look”. Frantically, you look for those pink/blue plastic bags but they are not in the car and it just might be a little too late!
Plastic bags and pandan leaves aside, here are the Top 10 Must Haves any car should have…
Wherever you may be, be it overseas or locally. It’s ok to be a little kiasu and invest in some safety measures! A good steering wheel/brake lock gives you a peace of mind to enjoy that bak kut teh. It acts as a deterrent to carjackers that feel like your ride is just what they needed. If you are lucky, it can even buy you some time as you shop, while they figure out how to mess with your windshield!
Nowadays, it’s easy to find front and rear traffic car cameras/blackboxes attached to any taxi in Singapore. The cabbies are right – road accidents happen and you’ve got to cover yourself. A good car cam records down everything. They can capture the impact during bumps, traffic incidents and the license plate of the car that just cut into your lane without signaling. Dashcamtalk.com has more on this!
Not everyone has a kind partner willing to hold the gps and direct while you drive around in circles. It is good to get reliable gps/phone holder that can stick with you for ages to come. Whether it’s CD mount or stuck on your dashboard, just know that cheap ≠ good. Qoo10 or Exogear? Taobao or Gripgo? Remember to check the reviews around!
Whipped out that plastic bag too late? Save those seats/carpet from minor stains by spraying some dettol and baking powder after that. For those fumes, keep some odour eliminators in the boot. From anti-bacteria to extra strength, Febreze is there. In addition, keeping charcoal deodorizers on deck is a great habit!
Their material and size come in handy when you least expect it. Keep your wet plastic bags full of fish and vegetables; or heavy groceries from the supermarket in the bag as you drive home from the usual NTUC grocery run. Also, impromptu shopping is made easier. A durable bag is worth all those plastic bags you do not want to keep piling up at home!
Besides local radio, there’s loads of music out there to enjoy. Invest in a good smartphone/mp3 docker to blast your Spotify or Apple Music playlist as you drive. Just make sure it doesn’t compete with your car cam for the car battery usage! Most accessories can be bought online for a good price, or you can go to a nearby audio shop and get recommendations there!
Let’s not mention that Candy Crush level you’ve been fighting with for months. Whether it’s smartphone or tablet, just running your social media apps and watching Korean dramas drain a lot of battery life, at least for me haha! USB car chargers (most come with duo ports) are small enough to keep them in your car dash. Just attach them to your cigarette lighter outlet and charge away. Don’t forget your USB cables too!
Your car may be your third home after your house and work. Keep everything neat with a trip to Toyogo/Muji/Taobao/Qoo10 for some storage options. If you’re the sort that snacks often, head to Daiso for cheap airtight containers/ziploc bags. Might want to get some finger cots and hand sanitizers too to avoid greasy handprints all over the steering wheel.
This item will not seem like a must have until an emergency happens. When the car battery dies, jumper cables are a time saver. There’s always a discussion about thick or thin cables working better in starting your car but all cars work differently. If the crank is pulled and the car still stays down, another must have would be your mechanic’s phone number!
Too many cups of kopi and teh, too long a traffic jam- and there’s no toilet in sight…There are more must have items that can be added to this list since every car ride is unique to each Singaporean. Some like their car interiors clean, others have a car boot that a karang guni would be proud of. Don’t worry, you can always rent one for the next weekend. Go forth with your family and enjoy that bak kut teh!
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