For International Women's Day, TopGear Philippines asked women on Facebook to share their top driving essentials. Here, we give you eight answers that they received:
1. Car charger/power bank for mobile devices.
In these very modern times, one's productivity is only as good as her smartphone's battery charge. Nothing is more dreadful now than the sight of your phone's "battery empty" warning icon. As for women, having battery juice on the road also means being able to call someone in case of a motoring emergency. "When there's trouble with the car, I want to be able to call my buddy mechanic," shared Glosille Barro Subong.
2. Personal hygiene stuff.
Well, women are known for being extra-conscious about cleanliness, particularly when it comes to their own body. Among the answers given are tissue, wet wipes, alcohol, and, of course, sanitary napkin. "Hand sanitizer is always inside my glove compartment for all those trips to the fast-food drive-thru," revealed Stephie Hazel Yap. We're not sure if prophylactics fall under this category, but at least one lady considers them important. "Condom, in case of emergency," said Yolanda Young.
3. Kikay kit.
Hello? Women hitting the road without cosmetics and perfume is like men going to car shows without a digital camera (for all those scantily clad booth babes). "Lipstick, in case someone tries to wipe it off," volunteered Shielo Jade Baltazar.
4. Slippers or comfortable driving shoes.
There's something about women and slip-ons when driving. We even know of some girls who prefer driving barefoot. We suppose they don't like anything coming in between the pedals and the soles of their feet. "Slippers, because I can't drive in my stilettos," pointed out Karen Tanchanco-Caballero.
5. Security weapons.
Those mentioned are Taser, pepper spray, balisong and even gun. Someone also said baseball bat. "For my ex's car," clarified Chaxz Borromeo.
6. Digital or physical maps.
There's a long-held perception that women are poor with directions. Those who answered GPS devices or actual maps probably agree. "I need my Google Maps or Waze," admitted Jezel Regullano.
Many of those who participated in the survey mentioned this regular bedroom item. It's likely because they intend to doze off while they let the hubby drive. "Pillow," said Joyjoy Sadako. "But I don't drive. If I'm driving, then it's still pillow!"
8. Chewing gum or mint candies.
No, not chocolates. Just something to put in the mouth. One explanation could be this: "Any menthol candy so I don't [get] sleepy while driving," Kat Kaat commented.
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