Over the past few years Britain has seen some extreme winter weather – from endless amounts of snow, sleet and hail causing national upheaval and disruption, to the well-received Indian summer in October 2011. The unpredictable and relentless nature of the cold, winter months have left many people underprepared and often in danger. The news is full of weather horror stories at the end of each year, and more and more families are taking precautions and making preparations to ensure they don’t fall victim to an unexpected change in the weather.
Many individuals and families undertake long journeys around the Christmas period. It’s important to be prepared in case you get stranded or lost in the snow. Emergency services and rescue vehicles can struggle to reach remote parts of the country, or even get down the motorway if the weather is really bad, so it’s a sensible choice to have an emergency snow weather kit for your car. If your car is old, or a used or second hand car, these kits becomes even more important; however, new cars can be just as prone to break downs, particularly if this is the first time you’ve taken it out in extreme conditions.
Creating an emergency snow weather kit isn’t expensive, and you might even have many of these items already.
Foil blanket / fabric blankets – these are essential for staying warm if the heating doesn’t kick in, and will ensure you don’t catch your death if you need to wait for a mechanic. If you buy these and don’t take them out of the packet until you need to, it’ll help save space in your boot. You can also vacuum pack your blankets to save more space.
Torch, and spare batteries –a torch is another essential if you’re stranded. It can help you see what you’re doing if you have to leave the car when it’s dark, and also make you more visible to passing traffic. Buy a new pair of batteries and keep them with the torch.
A foldable snow shovel – you won’t want a full sized shovel taking up room in your boot where presents should be, so buy a small, foldable shovel to save room.
A high visibility jacket – you won’t be the most fashionable person on the motorway, but you’ll definitely be the safest.
Gloves, and hand warming pads – again, vital for staying warm. Self-heating heat pads work by mixing chemicals when prompted, so make sure you replace them once they’re used.
De-icer spray and an ice scraper – for smaller emergencies or if you’ve been sat by the roadside for a while, these will come in handy to get you back on the road.
Emergency phone charger – there’s two different types you can try – the battery powered one, or the solar powered one. Both will help give your phone a boost of life if it’s on its last legs, saving you having to brace the cold to find a phone. Solar powered chargers may struggle in the dark winter months, but are usually considered the more reliable.
Water – always take a fresh, large bottle of water with you on every journey.