Pack a winter breakdown kit

Breaking down in winter is far from an ideal situation, but taking the time to prepare an emergency breakdown kit, especially if you’re going on a long car journey, could make the experience a lot easier on you and your passengers.

Winter breakdown

Winter breakdown kit - the essentials:

  • Mobile phone (fully charged) and an in-car charger: Try to make sure your phone is always fully charged before setting off. Remember, cold weather will actually run your phone battery down quicker than usual.
  • De-icer and a scraper: Severe weather can freeze your windows, and using anything other than proper de-icing equipment (CD, credit card etc.) can scratch your windscreen.
  • A battery jump start kit or jump leads: Much like your phone battery, car batteries are also more vulnerable in the cold.
  • Emergency rations: Energy or chocolate bars and long life drinks are best, but consider taking a warm drink in a flask with you too.
  • A telescopic or foldable snow shovel: The size can be adjusted and kept in your boot in case your car gets snowed in.
  • Tow rope: If you’re wedged in snow and need help, a tow rope could prove invaluable. On the other hand, you may come across another motorist who needs help.
  • A small container of salt or sand: If your wheels are stuck in snow/ice, sprinkle the rock salt (table salt works too, although not as well) or sand in front of your tyres. The salt will help melt the ice/snow and the sand will give your wheels extra grip.

Try to keep these things in your car at all times.

  • First-aid kit
  • A hazard warning triangle
  • Hi-vis vest
  • Bottled water
  • Warm clothes, waterproofs and a blanket
  • A torch with spare batteries

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