My car (McMurray) is my personal mobile home AND dumpster. A trash heap on wheels, if you will. What I'm trying to say is: I don't clean it very often.

If I (or worse: someone else) were to clean it, my whole life would be thrown into chaos. It's like your messy house where...sure, it's trashed, but I know where everything is.

Usually. Sometimes.

It's RIGHT THERE! See?!? (Photo by Jas Min on Unsplash)
It's RIGHT THERE! See?!? (Photo by Jas Min on Unsplash)
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Things Minnesotans Should Have in Their Glovebox Right Now

A mechanic has weighed in on what we should be keeping in our gloveboxes at all times; not just in the winter. It's all practical, but do you have everything suggested in your glovebox?

Thing #1: A Flashlight

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Photo by Marina Grynykha on Unsplash
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It really does seem that if a vehicle is going to break down, it's going to break down at night. A good, quality flashlight will help with inspecting the problem.


Thing #2: The Vehicle Owner's Manual

Damnit, Greg, that ISN'T...nevermind (Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)
Damnit, Greg, that ISN'T...nevermind (Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)
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Hopefully, you were given an actual, physical owner's manual that you can open and read. McMurray came with a DVD disc that just tries to forward my browser to a website that no longer exists. Fantastic.


Thing #3: Proof of Insurance and Registration

...which could very well be on THIS (Photo by PiggyBank on Unsplash)
...which could very well be on THIS (Photo by PiggyBank on Unsplash)
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In case of an accident or a lead foot, you'll need proof. My proof of insurance is on my phone; so if yours is, too, be sure to keep your phone well-charged.


Thing #4: Tire Pressure Gauge

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Photo by Yvette S on Unsplash
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Most late-model vehicles have Tire Pressure Monitors built-in...but they go bad. An old-fashioned tire pressure gauge is cheap and never a bad idea to have.


Thing #5: Mini First Aid Kit

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Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
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Not necessarily the caboodle; just the kit: bandages, antiseptic wipes, and gauze.


Thing #6: Pen and Paper

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
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"Oi, I've got me phone, bruv!" Well, yeah, but if you have to park someone in or need to exchange information after an accident, the ol' tried-and-true works gooder. A pencil won't freeze, but be sure to have a sharpener handy.


Thing #7: A Multi-Tool

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Photo by Alan Findlay on Unsplash
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NOT a Swiss-army knife. A compact multi-tool can help with minor repairs.


Thing #8: Spare Fuses

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Photo by Denny Müller on Unsplash
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A simple blown fuse can stop your vehicle dead in its tracks. Fuses are cheap and are available in variety packs.

H/T: Lifehacker

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