What exactly do people keep in a car’s glove compartment? Gloves? Most often, glove boxes become a repository of leftover fast-food ketchup packets, hair bands and receipts from long-forgotten purchases. Others just hold the vehicle’s title and registration – two documents that are like hitting the jackpot to a car thief. There are other things you should keep in your car, however, and the glove box is a great place for some of them:
The critical stuff
- Medical information. Write down any medical conditions, medications and allergies for each family member in case you’re injured in an accident and can’t communicate these facts for yourself.
- Emergency contact numbers. These should already be programmed into your cell phone, but it’s still a good idea to have them written down. And maybe put an extra copy in your wallet, too.
- Pen and paper. If you’re in an accident and need to exchange information, these will come in handy.
- Proof of insurance. It’s the law almost everywhere in the United States. But don’t store the car’s title (keep that at home) or registration (keep that in your wallet) in your glove compartment.
- Owner’s manual and maintenance schedule. So you can figure out what those weird symbols on the dash mean.
The convenient stuff
- A flashlight. To help you find that dropped French fry or straw-wrapper under the passenger seat.
- Napkins, travel wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer. Almost goes without saying – especially if you are spill-prone or have kids.
- High-energy snacks. Stash some granola bars in the glove box to help you get through an extra-long rush hour or a marathon road trip.
- Plastic grocery bags. Smash a few into another plastic bag and you instantly have handy trash containers when needed.
- A lint roller. If you have pets, you know you can never have too many of these.
Some drivers even stow copies of their living will and power of attorney for healthcare in their glove boxes when they travel. That way, their requests are close at hand in case something happens while they’re out of town. All this – and you’ll still most likely have room for a few extra hair bands.
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