3 Things to Keep in Your Glove Compartment

The glove compartment and middle console of our cars usually looks a bit like that “junk drawer” we all have in our houses. You know, it’s the place to stick things when you don’t otherwise know where to put them. It’s a convenient storage space for things like receipts, CDs, papers, old maps, those ponchos you never used, or maybe even *gloves*, as the name implies. It’s a good idea to keep things in there organized though, so you might want to take some time to tidy it up. But don’t leave it completely empty! There are three things you should consider keeping room for in your glove compartment: your official car manual, some of those promo pens everyone seems to collect, and a small notebook to record any important information regarding your car.

The official owner’s manual that comes with the car from the factory has a lot of important information about your vehicle and is useful for your general reference and for mechanics who need to work on your car. Some cars, especially if it’s an older model that may have had many owners, do not have the original manual. Depending on the age of your car, you might be able to buy a manual, and though you will probably have to pay for it, it will be worth the convenience of having it at your side. You can usually go to a dealership to order one or you can check online to see if there are some available for a discounted price. If your car still has the manual stashed away somewhere, you’re in luck because it provides a lot of good information for your reference. Have you ever tried pushing every button on the radio incessantly to try to reprogram your stations or the clock to adjust for a time change without any luck? Have you ever wondered what that warning light on your dash that just popped up represents? Or what about if you wanted to know all of the technical details about your car? Having easy access to the manual would eliminate all of the stress and inconveniences that sometimes come with answering those questions.

The next two things you need to keep in your glove compartment – some pens and a small notebook – can work together as one but are equally as important by themselves. I often make use of all of those promo pens I have lying around by keeping them stashed in my car. Keeping a pen or two and a small notebook handy is a great idea because if you ever need to write some information down quickly or maintain a record of your car’s maintenance schedule, you can have all you need right there and stay organized. I know that I could never keep track of the last time I had the oil changed, had the tires rotated, or even the last time I took it to the mechanic for a routine checkup if I didn’t have a small notepad and pen in my glove compartment. Keeping it in this spot makes it easy for you to remember to keep good records and you know right where to find it when you need it. If you visit the mechanic or the dealership to have something fixed or added to you car, be sure to write down the date and location of the garage, the person who worked on it, a description of the work that was done, and possibly the price.

These items also come in handy if you have an unfortunate event like a break down or an accident. If you’re caught in a rush hour fender-bender or a more serious accident, you will need to take down the contact and insurance information of the other driver involved. Having a pen and paper at-the-ready will be extremely helpful to you so you can get the information you need quickly and without the stress of having to find something to write on (or with!) on top of all of the other stresses that are happening at the moment.

It’s hard to keep our cars clean and organized with all of the things going on in our lives, but I hope that if we learn to keep these three key things in our glove compartment at all times, we can make our lives a little bit easier.

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