9 Things to Keep in Your Car in Preparation for Winter


Being prepared is the key, once you’re prepared with a range of essentials, you’re able to tackle any obstacle with ease – well, a lot easier.  Whether you’re driving in icy conditions, snowy conditions or freezing conditions, below are 10 things you should always have in your car, just in case the worst occurs. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

1. Breakdown Information
This is the first step of any breakdown. Breakdowns are more likely in the winter due to the extreme conditions, so make sure you’ve got a couple of phone numbers in order to contact local services. As well as this, it’s also best to have a couple of road maps – this way you can tell them your whereabouts with less of a struggle.

2. First Aid Kit
Having a first aid kit in your car makes it easier to treat any injuries. Make sure you include the essentials such as:
– plasters (various different sizes)
– alcohol-free cleansing wipes
– bandages
– antiseptic cream
– painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen
– sterile gloves
– eye dressings and eye wash

3. Blankets
It goes without saying that winter is the coldest season of the year and being cold can lead to illnesses including hypothermia. Of course, this is extreme, but if the heater in your car breaks and you’re stranded somewhere, you’ve got to be prepared as keeping warm is vital.

4. Torch
This is an essential as you don’t know where you’re going to end up. Whether you’re driving through the town, the country side or happen to be in a big city, a power cut may occur due to bad weather and you’re stuck in darkness. Thank goodness you’ve got your torch.

5. Snack Food
It’s best to have a few snacks in your car, just in case you can’t reach any food supplies, as not eating can cause you to be in a false state of mind. Good snack foods can be anything high in sugar and carbohydrates as these offer a boost of energy and flood the body with insulin.
– Apples
– Bananas
– Protein bars

6. Jump Cables
This is ideal for if you’re in an area where there is more than one car and your battery dies. All you need to do is attach the two wires to another battery and clip them onto your dead battery. Your car will then jump start and your battery will begin to charge.

8. Phone Charger
With your phone being charged, this will make contacting local services quicker as you can google, search on maps and then call any businesses.

9. Winter Clothes
– Gloves
– Hat
– Scarf
– Coat
Keeping warm is essential, as previously mentioned. But, you may have to get out of your car and try and get an idea of what’s going wrong with the car. This is where winter clothing comes in handy as you’re able to keep warm whilst outside.

10. Shovel
This goes without saying, if its snowy and your car is stuck, using a shovel to worm your way out is going to make the whole process easy.

To make sure all of these items fit in your car with no fight, the more storage space your car has, the better. There are a range of different cars which offer large boots and deep compartments including the Skoda Superb, Audi A4 and the Ford Mondeo. These car manufacturers are great for leasing, especially personal car leasing and are available in the UK. If these cars aren’t for you, check out the best car lease deals for you.


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