Essential Winter Car Survival Kit: What You Need

Wed 29 Jan 2014

The chances of having a breakdown is much greater in the winter months than at other times of the year, so it is really important to be prepared for emergencies by keeping these essential items in your car:

De-Icing Salt
The AA recommends having a 3.5 kilogram bag stored in your boot should you need to melt paths and driveways.

Solar Car Battery Charger
In the dark winter months, a solar car battery charger can ensure that your car battery is always fully charged, avoiding that horrible sound when your car’s engine fails to turn over.

A Collapsible Shovel
Owning a collapsible shovel is vital if there is a chance that you might need to dig your car out of a snowdrift, or simply clear a path from your driveway to the road. A collapsible shovel is handy as it folds down for easy storage without taking up too much space in your boot or the back of your car.

De-Icer Spray
If you’re late for work on a cold and frost winter morning, the last thing you want to be doing is struggling to de-ice your windows with jugs of water and a scraper. Make life easy for yourself by always having a fast-acting spray to hand.

Emergency Nourishment
If your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, it is sensible to have a supply of long-lasting food just in case. High energy cereal bars, chocolate, crisps and dried fruit could make the difference between life and death in an extreme situation. Pack a couple of litres of drinking-water too – it’s incredibly easy to get dehydrated in the winter.

Extra Warm Clothing
Similarly, storing extra winter clothes is good practice. Include thermal gloves, socks, jacket, high-vis vest and a hat. A foil space-blanket, as used by the emergency services, is also a good thing to keep, particularly as it takes up hardly any storage space.

All cars struggle in icy and snowy conditions so as well as taking all these precautions, it’s a good idea to make sure your car is in tip-top condition by booking it in for a service. The STL Service Centre in Leicester is the recommended place to go for quality services, MOTs and repairs as it has a highly-regarded team of experienced mechanics. With competitive prices and excellent customer service, you will be able to confidently face the challenges of winter driving.