Prepare Like A Boy Scout

Posted by: Taxi Rentals


Whether you’re a butter boy or a seasoned pro – It’s good to brush up and review the basics.

Here is a list of some of the things we and our drivers have found invaluable when on the road. You can never be too prepared! We don’t want to try to teach anyone how to suck eggs but some things are easily overlooked and it’s good for all of us to go ‘back to basics’ now and again and take a look at some of the things we have packed in our boot space (or not!)

You only need essentials that will assist you on your journey so you don’t have to stop; and if you do, it should only be for the minimum amount of time.

But before we get ahead of ourselves – Being able to accommodate your customers and their luggage can make or break whether you get the fare. Boot space is valuable. Think of it as real estate. If you’ve got half of the boot packed with all your stuff, then there is your first problem! Anything you pack must be kept to a minimum and any suggestions we make are based upon carrying the least / smallest amount possible (Our blog header photo is only an example of some of the things you should carry!). For example, you don’t need to carry a full 5 litres of motor oil. If anything, when you’re on the road you will most likely to ever only need a top up. Anything major can be done back at base. You only need items that will assist you on your journey so you don’t have to stop; and if you do, it should only be for the minimum amount of time.

Checklist of the most important things you should carry in your vehicle

in addition to the basic tool kit / spare tyre, jack and wrench.

  • Motor Oil
  • Water
  • Concentrated Screen Wash
  • Anti Freeze / Coolant
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Reversible-headed Screwdriver
  • Hi-Viz Vest / Jacket
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • WD-40 style Lubricant
  • Bulbs (Headlight / Brake Light / Indicator)
  • Foot Pump
  • Torch
  • Blanket

Again, minimum amounts are key. You may want to invest in a little ‘boot tidy’ or storage bag to keep your essentials together and stored safely and neatly. Try to take full advantage of any side compartments too, leaving your bootspace free for passenger luggage.

Other things you may wish to consider carrying are:

  • Glass Cleaner Spray
  • Anti-Bacterial Spray
  • Micro-Fibre Cloth
  • Chamois Leather
  • Paper Towels
  • Moist Wipes
  • Small Dustpan and Brush

Hopefully these things will make life easier if it comes to the time when you may need them.

If you have any doubts about safety or there is a risk of injury to yourself or others in the event of a vehicle breakdown, request roadside assistance and listen to the safety advice given by your call handler.

Did we miss anything? What would you carry? Comment below!

Don’t miss part 2 of ‘Prepare Like A Boy Scout – Tips and Advice for In-Car Essentials’, coming soon!

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