Although we don’t have the same harsh winters as many other parts of the world, here in the UK it is still advisable to have certain things in your car during the bad weather. We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be – and although we’re not expecting the same level of snow as 2009, it doesn’t mean that it’s not a possibility so here are Motors’ top 10 winter essentials for your car.
1. De-icer and ice scraper No one likes to stand around in the morning trying to find something to scrape the ice from their windshield, or to be rushing around in the house trying to find the correct tools. Keep them in your car’s door compartment and you’ll easily be able to access them every day.
2. Phone charger There are plenty of adapters available now that allow mobile phones to be charged in your car. This could be a complete lifesaver if you break down and your phone battery is dead should you need to call the AA.
3. Petrol canister Everyone has been in the horrible situation of being out of petrol during a road trip. Having a canister in the boot of your car means you can walk to the closest petrol station to get some.
4. Torch As the nights get darker it’s a good idea to have a torch available to see what’s happening if you’ve skidded in some mud, or there are no street lamps to allow you to see.
5. Shovel Whether it’s from mud or snow, a shovel’s always useful for getting yourself out of a sticky spot.
6. First aid kit These are good to have in the car all year round – although with the deteriorating conditions during winter, a few plasters and bandages can always come in handy.
7. Blanket It’s unlikely that you’ll have to wait for too long if you happen to break down, but in case of cold it’s always worth keeping a blanket or warm coat in the boot just in case.
8. Snack bars and water Again it’s unlikely unless you live in a very remote location that it would take very long for roadside assistance to get to you – but keeping full and hydrated is a good idea if you’re waiting for a long time.
9. Jump leads Worth keeping in your car all year round; you never know when they could come in handy.
10. A book If you do have to wait a long time for someone to come and help you out of a jam you might as well have something to entertain you without having to drain your car or phone battery.