There are a lot of items that are good to keep in your car if you have the space, but one of the simplest, cheapest items out there is an absolute necessity. Matthew DeBord, transportation editor at Business Insider, suggests everyone should keep a plain, basic rag somewhere in their vehicle. The rag is an essential component in any workshop, but most folks, myself included, forget how useful it can be for your car. DeBord explains:
You can use it to wipe stuff off of the engine so you can get a better look at fluid levels. You can use it to wipe the dipstick when you check your oil. You can use it to protect your hands when you have to loosen a stubborn lug nut. You can use it to clean your headlights and taillights when winter gets them all grimy and slushy. You can also use it, if it isn't too filthy, to clean up spills in the interior and even to polish up the exterior.
You can also use it to keep your safety sensors clear during the winter, and if it's large enough, you can use it to help prevent frost buildup on your windshield. And the rag can be anything: An old kitchen towel, an old T-shirt or bandanna, or almost any piece of scrap fabric. It's basically a free tool that might save you some serious grief on your next road trip. This might seem like an obvious tip for some of you, but for the rest us, it's a good reminder that the simplest tools can make a big difference.