Hooniverse Asks- What Safety Equipment Do You Keep In Your Car?

Hooniverse wants to hear from you. Whether it’s hurricanes, blizzards, locusts, or just a distracted driver ramming into you, sh*t happens. Today we want to know if you follow the Boy Scout motto of always being prepared- and if so we want you to tell us what you keep in your car in event of just such an emergency. Fire extinguisher? First Aid Kit? Carton of Trojans? Let us know in the comments below.
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50 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What Safety Equipment Do You Keep In Your Car?”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    Basic cheap tool kit (sockets, pliers, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench), umbrella, disposable rain poncho, flashlight (shake to recharge kind, so no batteries to go dead), Fire extinguisher, first aid kit (with a couple of band aids and not much else), Glock Model 27.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      That was for the car, the pick-up has, mostly, in a 20mm ammo can:
      tool bag with assorted wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and cheap socket set
      claw hammer
      bottle jack
      starting fluid
      Bug repellent
      Jumper cables
      chock blocks
      ratcheting tie down straps
      bungee cords
      power steering fluid
      brake fluid
      tow strap
      duct tape (in the car too)
      12v air compressor
      entrenching tool
      8" knife
      Charter Arms .38

    2. joshuman Avatar

      And here I thought you were a Colt man.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Colts, Paras, and Smiths are what you show your friends. Glocks are what you show the bad guys.

  2. Maymar Avatar

    I have a 2×4 in the trunk, sawed and sanded to look sort of like a cricket bat (from an old Halloween costume, of Shaun of the Dead) – when the zombies come, I guess I'm ready. I also have a box of granola bars in the glovebox for when my fiance gets a bit of the ol' hypoglycemia (or whenever I'm hungry – it's usually that one).
    I've also always got my cellphone and CAA membership, along with a few random tools in case my car decides its tired of running to spite me.

  3. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Winch, tow straps, jack, jumper cables, ratchet straps, Zombie Grade® Mag light, knives, pliers, crescent wrench, screwdriver, map, extra diapers (good for buts and wounds) real spare tire, bucket hat, gloves, a camera, and a stocking cap. Need to bolt a fire extinguisher to the roll cage, it's on my Christmas list.
    My expedition kit is considerably more thorough.

  4. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    A pack of gum, a collection of parking meter change, a tire gauge, and most importantly a towel that matches my car. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a dark grey towel around here? At least I'll be ready when the Vogons come.

  5. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Jumper cables, ice scraper/snow brush, torch flashlight, socket set, a mallet (because my friend hasn't taken it back yet), visegrips (these live around my shifter), and – soon – a big-ass sand bucket and a sweater, and maybe a folding camp shovel if I can find mine.
    Oh, and a stolen orange full-size Highway Department cone, at the moment, for what it's worth.

  6. Robert Emslie Avatar
    Robert Emslie

    A full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it.

  7. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Assorted tie-downs, a couple of blankets/towels, and a tire gauge.
    67 Ford:
    A few quarts of oil and ATF, a cheap tool kit, towels, blankets, tie-downs and a fire extinguisher
    '00 Jeep:
    Normal use: Tire iron, tie downs, winch controller, REI first aid kit, fire extinguisher, spare fuses, mag light
    Going 'Wheeling: …let's just say the list is longer than you care to hear about.
    '82 BMW:
    Roll cage, kill switch and fire extinguisher

  8. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Funny thing on all you guys rolling with guns in the car…pretty sure here in LA that'd be more of a liability than a protective feature.
    Odds are, someone would break into your car to steal them if they knew you had them, or the LAPD or LASD would give you a very unfriendly response upon seeing a firearm in your vehicle. If you're legally in the clear, they'd obviously have no problem…but they tend to get edgy if they know you're armed.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Yet another reason not to live in California. The citizens of most other states are trusted with lawful firearm ownership and use, I guess the subjects of California are not as fortunate. I make sure that my concealed carry permit resides directly behind my driver's license. I make sure the cop would see it if I have to hand them my DL, if they don't ask. The last two times I have been stopped by the law, they really didn't care. Got pulled over for speeding in my old E30, he asked if I was armed, told him there was a Glock in the glovebox, but the glovebox was jammed. His response was "it doesn't do you much good in there". Got the speeding ticket and that was it. The second time was a insurance check/roadblock, I didn't have an insurance card (not technically require to carry the card anymore), the cop's boss was watching, he said "Just had me a white card", I handed him the carry permit. Most cops in Georgia at least see a concealed carry permit as a sign that you are one of the "good guys".

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Allow me to clarify: around me, the cops have absolutely no reason to assume your firearm is lawful. If they don't know about it until you tell them (e.g. it's under the seat or in the trunk), then they'd be fine.
        Point is, if they see it before you have the chance to talk to them, they're going to be more on edge, as in this part of town guns are used more for crime than self defense or hunting.
        To take a step back, I'm not one of those people who's scared of or against guns or gun owners. I don't give a crap what guns the right people are allowed to own. I'm 1000X more worried about the tweaker with a stolen piece of crap pistol (a very real possibility around me) than I am about a law abiding citizen with an assault rifle.
        I really really really don't want this site to get political at all, so I'll shut up now. Didn't mean

  9. joshuman Avatar

    May 25th is towel day. Wear it proudly.

  10. joshuman Avatar

    The standard tools that come with the cars, first aid kit, red LED flashers, flashlight, some snacks, space blankets, and whatever crap my kids drag in there but never take out (coats, shoes, diapers, and so on).

  11. ptschett Avatar

    If I'm away from home count on me having my Gerber multi-tool in my pocket.
    The KLR650 has its own junky factory tool set, plus my own kit, which just fits in a Flambeau dry box: front tire tube, rear tire tube, spare tire valve core, pair of aluminum Motion Pro tire irons, former Jet-Dry bottle filled with Dawn dish soap, crappy Chinese foot-operated air pump, spare drive chain master link, master link press tool, spare spark plug, 1/4" ratchet and set of metric sockets, Vise-Grip, fold-out style metric allen hex key set, roll of electrical tape, 17/19 mm and 22/24 mm box end wrenches (for taking the axle bolts out), Motion Pro Bead Buddy, spare clutch lever, spare front brake lever, spare shift lever, complete set of fuses, mini-MagLite, can of WD-40. The theory is that any incident that can't be fixed with this kit would result in a long walk home anyway.
    Both the Thunderbird and the Dakota have their own flashlights. The T-bird has a set of jumper cables in it, which has never been used for the T-bird's benefit. (In fact the car went 11 years on the original battery, and I only replaced it because it was winter and I'd been worried about its slow cranking the previous winter.) The Dakota has a few ratchet straps along for the ride so that I know where they are when I want to haul the bike, and a stupid little fire extinguisher that the dealer gave me. Otherwise the car and truck just carry their spare tire and jack.

  12. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    Mustang: just a cell phone.
    Cutlass: not sure right now, as I haven't driven it much since a part of it had an interesting encounter with new little Ford. 🙂 And now the brake lights aren't working. The 3rd brake light works, and all the bulbs are good, so that's just gonna be a pain in the ass. I think it may be the aftermarket remote control starter/door lock-unlock control box, because it makes weird noises, but I don't really know. Any suggestions what I should check?
    F150: Jumper cables and a hammer. The hammer can serves all kinds of purposes, but at the moment, it's mostly used to get it started. A couple good whacks on starter works every time if it doesn't go with a turn of the key. (now just to spite me, that's gonna stop working…. so I guess I know what I'm doing on Sunday)

  13. CptSevere Avatar

    I drive a 43 year old Ford F100, so lets just say that almost every useful tool I own rides with me in the toolbox in the bed. I could rebuild the engine on the side of the highway if I really needed to. Some bastard stole my jumper cables, so I need to replace them. Other than that, I always carry extra water (I live in the desert), two spare tires, 12V compressor, jacks, etc. I make my living in and around historic mines, so I keep my hardhat, Mag Lights and backpack filled with ropes, batteries, and other crap in the cab. I usually have ore samples, pretty rocks, artifacts and other stuff that I find on the dash. I think there's a door lock from the 1880's on there now that I found in the bushes.

    1. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

      You're not by any chance a Geologist are you?

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        No, I'm more of a mining historian. I work for a company that restores historic mines into tourist attractions. Check the link in my profile.

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  16. Jerome Avatar

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