A pen and a notepad are the two things that every car glove box should contain and most don’t.
It is not something people give much thought too with all the other distractions in today’s hectic world.
Three reasons to carry a pen and notebook in the car?
1 If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident regardless
of if you are at fault or not you will need to at least exchange details. The more prudent among us would also take notes of the time of day, the other cars registration number, the road name and direction they were travelling in and any witnesses contact details etc.
2. If you get lost and need to ask for directions one mile down the road did they say take the second or third exit at the roundabout. Sure you can rely on the cars Satellite Navigation System if you have one but what if the road is closed and the damn thing keeps bringing you back to the same point in a strange city. (Trust me I still have nightmares over a bad afternoon in Birmingham a couple of years ago).
3. You are in the local supermarket car park putting the shopping in the car and run into an old school friend that you have lost touch with. You are really pleased to see them and want to swap contact details.
The choice of pen is also important.
Any pen is better than no pen at all but the main reason that you are carrying a pen and notebook is in case of emergency or the unexpected. So the choice of pen has to be one that is ultra-reliable and will write in all conditions.
I personally carry a Uni- Ball Power Tank which is a fantastic pen for this purpose it has a pressurised refill that allows it to write in extreme conditions. The Power Tank will write in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius, horizontally
and upside down as well as on wet paper. It will even write in outer space just in case you have an extraterrestrial encounter.
Another option is to carry a Fisher Space Pen but these are a lot more expensive and are they really worth the cost. If you would like to see what we think read our comparison review The Uni-ball Power Tank: Better than the Fisher Space
If you carry a pen and notebook in your glove box or if you can think of any other reasons why it is a good idea we would love to hear from you.