MOTORING NEWS - With women now being equal to or better than men at everything, it has become increasingly hard to make exclusive gender-based necessity lists such as these, but we do believe there are some essentials that women (and many metrosexual men, for that matter) might still find handy when it comes to kitting out their cars:
How else will you know whether Pammy was talking tripe or turkey when she told everyone that Glynnis was having an affair with the new pool boy from Sao Paulo? It could be a long, lonely shopping expedition without a working phone.
Is there anything worse than dealing with a hard night's next day after winning the margarita race at the country club without that opiate-pregnant first-aid kit? Never leave home without it.
Not the only thing that needs constant pumping to stay in shape. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the way to work or gym because your spare tyre is too flat. Check it regularly to see if the tyre is in just the right shape.
And just how do you expect to ask a tall, tanned hunk to assist you with that flat without the right equipment to hoist you up? Yep, you can have Pedro, Giovanni or Francois helping all you want but the hard, hot fact is that without good ol' Jack, you won't put anything to bed.
Even if you don't have the foggiest about the workings of your vehicle's engine, wielding a flashlight makes it look so much more like you do. Always a good start to curb excess mansplaining during a breakdown.
Why rely on roadside assistance to have the right length of cable to satisfy your every need? Have your own jumpers ready to make any roadside liaison an electrifying experience on your own terms. Vive la femme!
The last thing you want is for a hijacker to whip out his own oily, well-thumbed roll of tape to keep you from screaming for help. Offer him your clean roll before kicking him where it matters and making good your escape.
Words: Chris du Plessis
Design: Portia Maree