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Is there a universal list of what every car owner should know? Not necessarily. However, there are certain steps you can take to gain knowledge, be prepared, properly maintain your vehicle, and become a good car owner. With over 50 years of automotive experience, your friends at Vern Eide Motorcars would like to share some helpful tips we've learned along the way. So without any further delay, here are four things every car owner needs.

1. Driver and Vehicle Documentation

Your driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance are mandatory forms of documentation for anyone who owns a car. Do I really need car insurance? Yes! Aside from being the right thing to do, it's also required by law. Below are things everyone who owns a car needs:

While commonsense documents like a license, insurance, and registration are necessary to legally operate your motor vehicle, keeping the owner's manual in your glove compartment could be helpful for things like the ideal tire pressure, feature setup instructions, oil change information, the meaning of dashboard warning lights, warranty details, and much more.

4 Things Every Car Owner Needs: Driver and Vehicle Documentation

2. Car Maintenance

Although certain documents are required by law, regular car maintenance is required to avoid expensive auto repair bills. You can do some of the tasks yourself like monitoring tire inflation and condition, checking the engine oil level and windshield wiper fluid, and testing your headlights, taillights, and brake lights. Keep the following items in your vehicle to help with small car repairs and general upkeep:

  • Tire Jack
  • Lug Wrench
  • Spare Tire
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Duct Tape

Yes, you read that last one correctly: duct tape! This versatile product can be used as a temporary fix for unexpected cracks, breaks, and leaks. However, if you maintain a regular service schedule with checks at 3 months/3,000 miles, 6 months/6,000 miles, and 12 months/12,000 miles you should successfully avoid ever having to use duct tape.

4 Things Every Car Owner Needs: Car Maintenance

3. Safety Equipment

Your smartphone can help out with many of life's unexpected problems, but if you have a vehicle break down and don't have cell service there are certain things every car needs. Perhaps most important (especially if you're traveling with kids) is a First Aid Kit that comes with bandages, gauze pads, tape, scissors, gloves, ointment, and more. Whether you live in a rural area or you're a city car owner, these things will be very helpful in a vehicle emergency:

Consider packing a multitool in your car for small fixes. You never know when a screwdriver, pliers, straight edge, or scissors might come in handy.

4 Things Every Car Owner Needs: Safety Equipment

4. Winter Preparation

Every car owner should know about winter preparation. In most cases, it's a matter of convenience. But in rare instances, it could help save your life. Below is a list of must-haves for drivers who experience winter weather:

  • Ice Scraper and Snow Brush
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Blanket(s)
  • Warm Clothing and Gear

Anyone who lives in South Dakota knows they'd better dress for the elements. This list isn't only meant for folks in rural areas. Every city car owner needs to have a warm jacket, gloves, hat, and scarf at all times because winter weather is unpredictable and can be life threatening without the proper precautions.

4 Things Every Car Owner Needs: Winter Preparation

In today's world of smartphones and Internet access, it's easy to overlook some of the items on this list. However, keeping a well-maintained vehicle and being prepared for the unexpected will not only help you become a good car owner, but it will also save you from unnecessary car repairs and stressful situations.