winter survival car kit

Winter Car Kit Essentials

Bone-chilling temperatures, freezing arctic winds and up to 12 inches of snow will sweep across the UK this week. With yellow weather warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England, Wales and north-west Midlands, driving conditions could be treacherous. Be prepared for the worst and ensure you carry a winter survival kit in your car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here’s what you need:

    • Thick gloves
    • Hats/scarves
    • Hand warmers
    • Warm socks
    • Snow boots/wellies
    • Blankets/sleeping bags
    • Water
    • High-energy snacks
    • Ice-scraper
    • Shovel
    • Tow rope
    • De-icer
    • Bag of sand or cat litter for traction
    • Torch
    • Battery powered radio
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to attract attention
    • Mobile phone charger

Regardless of the unpredictable perilous winter weather, keeping an emergency survival kit in your car is highly recommended, particularly if you have a long journey to make. Whilst it’s always better to stay home and prevent driving in dangerous conditions, if you really can’t avoid the journey, at least make sure you’re prepared if you break-down or get stuck. And as the unexpected can happen, now is the optimal time to double-check  you have adequate breakdown cover as well – just in case!

For further information on winter driving, you might like the following posts:

What not to Leave in your Car During Freezing Weather
Essential Winter Car Check
Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain & Floods

If you’d like to learn more about A-Plan Rescue, our comprehensive break-down service, or wish to discuss your car insurance to ensure you’re sufficiently covered this winter, contact your local insurance expert at an A-Plan branch near you.