Essential things for your car, driving, etc.

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I drive a lot and have counter measures in place for peace of mind and protection from cops and bad drivers, among other things. Such important things for me include:

* Uniden R7 radar detector (it's the best)
* Nextbase 322 dashcam (just purchased last week and love it)
* Waze - Royalty
* A good pair of sunglasses

What about you? Any other suggestions?
Winter tires
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macnuke Afar
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I like my cellphone mount to my dash... it faces me driving.. but more importantly, i have it so it's one touch record... and points more to the drivers window and i am rarely in the shot unless i lean forward.
pulled over... touch once ... and it's recording a/v.

pulled over once when coming home from the casino.. no real reason..i "lane changed without signaling"... stick fiddler u-turned from the other side.
he asked if I had any large sums of cash.
i pointed to the camera and said no sir.
he left in a big fiddlesticks hurry.
DukeofNuke FREE RADICAL
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Jumper cables, flashlight, umbrella (or one of those $1 emergency poncho's)
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Aparrently this is a thing?
sean Royal Wombat
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Besides phone and sunglasses, the only thing I keep permanently in my cars is a good flashlight. I'm partial to Maglite.
dv
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Betonhaus posted:
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Aparrently this is a thing?

Where have you been? ;)
dv posted:
Betonhaus posted:
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Aparrently this is a thing?

Where have you been? ;)

Costco, obviously.
mmaverick my steady systematic decline
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Blanket, shovel, napkins/wipes phone charger
Robert B. Dandy Highwayman
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Several jugs of water, blanket, jumper cables, shovel.
dv
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Tools and hardware for attaching/detaching my bike rack. Tiedowns, fire extinguisher, ODBII reader.

Will be adding winter gear (snow brush, spare warm clothes, minishovel & cat litter) this week probably as well as installing snow tires.
justine Elitist Beer Lover
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Dash Cam
Lydar detector.
Honda CR-V with all the audible and visual warnings!
Gasoline. Or Diesel or electricity if your car supports it.
I hate our dash cam so, so much.

I'm also worried all the fancy systems (360 degree cam, backup radar beeps, lane change radar and warning, etc) are going to leave me soft and unable to drive a rental car or older used car we might considering purchasing if/when moving to the US.
dv
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macaddict4life posted:
I hate our dash cam so, so much.

I'm also worried all the fancy systems (360 degree cam, backup radar beeps, lane change radar and warning, etc) are going to leave me soft and unable to drive a rental car or older used car we might considering purchasing if/when moving to the US.

You'll get used to analog cars soon enough. I'm avoiding them for as long as possible because I think they'll just break at ~7 years and keep the car from starting or something.
juice Inadvertently correct
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I drove a rental car with a lane departure warning. It was annoyingly sensitive.
justine Elitist Beer Lover
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I have a loaded Honda and a bare bones Nissan. The Nissan has roll up windows etc. Both cars have cheapy dash cams that do a pretty decent job as far as when people cut me off. If i need it, it's there. I currently drive both cars, and i like driving both. However, i really really really like Carplay and bluetooth and power everything and heated seats and the many other things the Honda has to offer, especially the LKAS. That should be standard on all vehicles, and i love that the Honda will tell me when someone is in my blindspot.
Pariah Know Your Enemy
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I have the basic tools for a tire change and other basic repairs. 5 or 6 shop rags, $100 in a hiding space, a good terry towel, amber sun glasses in the glove box, charger w/ lightening and micro-usb cords, at least 2 flashlights, three or 4 pair of latex gloves I stole from work, jumper cables, electric air pump, brake fluid, washer fluid, quart of oil...

That's what I can think of right off hand.
justine Elitist Beer Lover
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Pariah posted:
I have the basic tools for a tire change and other basic repairs. 5 or 6 shop rags, $100 in a hiding space, a good terry towel, amber sun glasses in the glove box, charger w/ lightening and micro-usb cords, at least 2 flashlights, three or 4 pair of latex gloves I stole from work, jumper cables, electric air pump, brake fluid, washer fluid, quart of oil...

That's what I can think of right off hand.

I have a AAA card and a bug out bag. :D
kamizuno Lasercat targeting.....
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portable air compressor because this one time I got a flat due to a slow leak, and so I pumped up the tire every five miles till I got home, saved me from calling a tow truck. also who thought it was a good idea to get rid of the spare tire :(
justine Elitist Beer Lover
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I have a spare tire.
maurvir Steamed meat popsicle
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kamizuno posted:
portable air compressor because this one time I got a flat due to a slow leak, and so I pumped up the tire every five miles till I got home, saved me from calling a tow truck. also who thought it was a good idea to get rid of the spare tire :(


uncouth individual bean counters, and I agree, that was dumb. As an aside, I still carry an air compressor even WITH a spare.
Old Yoda agitator
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Never leave the house without a chainsaw.
justine Elitist Beer Lover
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Did i mention you should also have a bug out bag?
ukimalefu dysfunctional
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justine posted:
Did i mention you should also have a bug out bag?


:up:

I would, if I had a car.
justine Elitist Beer Lover
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ukimalefu posted:
justine posted:
Did i mention you should also have a bug out bag?


:up:

I would, if I had a car.

Mine is minimal. Lifestraws. Waterproof matches. Mylar blankets. Windup radio. That sort of thing.
Pariah Know Your Enemy
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justine posted:
Did i mention you should also have a bug out bag?

I have a good towel and $100, same thing. :D
DukeofNuke FREE RADICAL
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Depending on how much of a Beater your car is, a quart or two of oil might not be a bad idea.
DukeofNuke posted:
Depending on how much of a Beater your car is, a quart or two of oil might not be a bad idea.

My old B2200 needed an oil top up every time I gassed up and when it was cold out the smoke it created completely hid it. stick fiddling valve sleeves.
TOS
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iphone adapter

set of tools in case the stick fiddling transmission falls out or something
DukeofNuke FREE RADICAL
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TOS posted:
iphone adapter

set of tools in case the stick fiddling transmission falls out or something

You gonna fix your broken transmission on the side of the road?

I actually replaced a water pump on a Subaru on the side of the road once, using just the little tool kit that came with the car.
Pariah posted:
justine posted:
Did i mention you should also have a bug out bag?

I have a good towel and $100, same thing. :D


You forgot the peanuts and pocket fluff.
TOS
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DukeofNuke posted:
TOS posted:
iphone adapter

set of tools in case the stick fiddling transmission falls out or something

You gonna fix your broken transmission on the side of the road?

I actually replaced a water pump on a Subaru on the side of the road once, using just the little tool kit that came with the car.


not the transmission itself, but a shift linkage bushing
DukeofNuke FREE RADICAL
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TOS posted:
DukeofNuke posted:
TOS posted:
iphone adapter

set of tools in case the stick fiddling transmission falls out or something

You gonna fix your broken transmission on the side of the road?

I actually replaced a water pump on a Subaru on the side of the road once, using just the little tool kit that came with the car.


not the transmission itself, but a shift linkage bushing

You're talking about the Fiat? Is that something you've had to do before?
Pariah Know Your Enemy
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TOS posted:
DukeofNuke posted:
TOS posted:
iphone adapter

set of tools in case the stick fiddling transmission falls out or something

You gonna fix your broken transmission on the side of the road?

I actually replaced a water pump on a Subaru on the side of the road once, using just the little tool kit that came with the car.


not the transmission itself, but a shift linkage bushing

Both my Siroccos and the Rabbit I had required fairly frequent tightening of the shift linkage, otherwise the ability to shift would gradually stop. It was kind of a pain in the ass, you had to crawl under the cars to get at it located centered right behind the trans and in front of the firewall.
Once I had done it a few times it only took 2 or 3 minutes but getting under a cars ain't all that much fun.
I have this too and love it for my iPhone mount.
https://www.niteize.com/product/Steelie ... nt-Kit.asp
It's the most compact and convenient car mount ever made. You barely have to even look at it when mounting as its easy one hand mounted super convenient. I've been using it for years.
sean posted:
Besides phone and sunglasses, the only thing I keep permanently in my cars is a good flashlight. I'm partial to Maglite.

Yes, me too!

Today I just ordered a rear cam to pair with my NEXTBASE 322 dash-cam. https://www.halfords.com/technology/das ... -on-camera
If you have a front might as well have a good rear too I feel as things happen just as much there as well. Not just tailgaters either, but the police when/if you are pulled over and they are behind you doing whatever they do before and after stopping you, it good to have them on tape. They behave differently. Like I said, I drive a lot and want to be/feel protected with as many counter measures as I can afford to make that happen. Someday all cars will come standard with dash-cams. I can't believe they don't already.
Alexander Supertramp this was uncalled for.
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Apparently my essentials are a bunch of trash and already worn workout clothes.
One person's "trash"...
Ideally, I would also have ALP's installed on my car, but can't afford it.
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