Thursday January 23 2014

Pocket dictionary: Glove box

By Jude Katende

It is one of those things that curious motorists may find themselves asking about their relevance or existence in the first place. Aptly named “glove box” it was a place where one could keep their driving gloves. Some online sources say gloves were originally worn to keep the hands clean. Called, driving gloves, they were regarded as an accessory in cars made years ago, thus the name which can also be called glove compartment.

Today, many cars still have it built into the dashboard at the passenger side of the car but chances of most Ugandans knowing its exact purpose and name may be minimal. That aside, seeing that we don’t even have snow here, the compartments are still ideal storage facilities. Many motorists have different purposes for their boxes with some storing movie and music DVDs, music CDS, books, cosmetics, old newspapers, business cards etc in them.

What to keep
Although, owning your car doesn’t come with rules of what you should store in there and what not to, functional things including life savers should be given priority small as the box may be. According to, Robby DeGraff suggests one should keep all important documents like proof of insurance, automotive registration and a copy of your driver’s license in a plastic bag or held together by a paper clip.
ICE: Experts at AAA recommend keeping an ICE — in case of emergency — card with important information about you and your passengers. On that card you should list emergency contacts, physicians, any medications used or allergies for you and your passengers.

Car manual: Although some of our used cars come with Japanese manuals, it is still important to keep your manual in this because it also has diagrams that you could rely on in case of language barrier. Or if you have one in English, keep it there.
Torch: You may never know when you will be stranded and worse still at night. A torch is handy and should have working batteries/dry cells.

First aid kit: Some cars have first aid boxes while some people buy them separately. If your kit is small enough and can fit in your box, keep it there for your own safety. It should contain adhesive bandages, tissues or cotton, a pain reliever like aspirin and backup prescription medicine. You could put the ICE card in there, too.

Phone charger: A cellphone is one of the most important items you should have with you in a car in case of an emergency. There are actually some chargers that can work in the car.
Receipts: Service history receipts of your car come in handy when selling off the car or proving ownership. These and the photocopy of your car log book should be kept in here safely in an orderly way.
Tools: Some people may include tools such as pliers, cello tape and screws.