emergency-winter-car-kitThis winter, plan for the worst, hope for the best

You’re far more likely to suffer a car breakdown in the winter months. With the more extreme weather we’ve been experiencing, it makes sense to pack a few essential items in a winter car kit. A little time spent now could help keep you safe if the worst should happen.

Look after your car, inside and out

Making sure your car is winter-ready is a good habit to get into. You can easily do this yourself. We’ve got a blog to guide you through what to look out for [LINK TO OTHER NEW BLOG]. Or you can bring your car to us and we’ll do it for you.

But don’t forget it’s just as important to look after those travelling inside your car. Carrying a basic emergency kit is a no-brainer. If you get stuck on a road, perhaps having to spend the night in your car, you’ll be delighted you spent a few minutes planning ahead.

The basics for a car emergency kit

You can carry whatever you think you’ll need for any given situation. Here’s out list to help you make a start on how to stay safe in the event of a breakdown or serious delay.

Some suggestions for a well-planned emergency winter car kit:

  • Sat nav (and a road map as a back-up in case you don’t get a GPS signal)
  • First aid kit
  • Phone and in-car charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch and batteries
  • Snacks (chocolate, cereal bars, fruit)
  • Flask (with hot drink)
  • Water bottle
  • Any medicines
  • Sunglasses (can help deal with glare from snow)
  • Warning triangle
  • Warm clothes
  • Blanket(s)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Boots
  • High-visibility jacket
  • Snow shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • De-icer
  • Jump leads

Great ready-to-go emergency winter car kits

There are lots of pre-packed winter kits available to help you survive whatever the roads throw at you. You can find lots of emergency kits online. We’ve looked at some on the Amazon website to give you an idea of what’s available.

Basic kit

AA Winter Car Kit with Folding Snow Shovel

The carry-case comes with emergency folding snow shovel, a high-visibility vest, emergency foul blanket and an emergency dynamo torch.

Mid-range kit

The AA Essentials Emergency Winter Car Kit

Comes in a handy carry case; includes: folding snow shovel, 9-LED torch, foil blanket, high-visibility vest, snow and ice grips, rain poncho and a set of booster cables

Executive kit

The evaQ8 Deluxe Winter Car Survival Kit

Comes in a ruck-sack bag; contains: thermal blanket, mini shovel, de-icer spray, hand warmers, wind-up torch, high-visibility vest, long-life food, water, foil blankets, first aid kit, emergency light sticks, ice scraper and a signal whistle.

Make sure help is at hand

You should also make sure you have valid breakdown cover. It can cost an awful lot more if you join because you need them right then, rather than having planned ahead.

Be prepared. Be safe.

With a simple bit of planning your winter emergency pack can make sure you’re prepared for whatever winter puts in your road. Safe motoring.

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