At this time of the year, more so than any other, it is essential that you ensure you be prepared for bad weather and all that comes with it. With that in mind we have made a list of what you should have in your car or vehicle to be able to cope with all that is thrown at you:
- Spare Tyre along with a Jack and Iron
This you might say comes as standard within every single vehicle, correct? No, the majority of new vehicles sold today do not come with a spare tyre as standard and have to be added as an extra. Due to this, spare tyres are been removed from vehicles prior to being sold or traded in to garages. Alternatively, ensure that you have a Repair Kit, which is basically a sealant and an air pump which will temporarily fix the tyre or if your vehicle has Run Flat tyres, these will allow you to drive on a puncture for a limited time.
- Hazard Triangle
The majority of standard vehicle’s will not have a Hazard Triangle, so check to see if your vehicle has one and if not, they are very low cost but essential when alerting other road users that you’re broken down.
- USB Mobile Phone Charger or Spare Phone
It’s normally at times when we urgently need our mobile phone, that we notice the battery is low or goes dead. This is why having a fully charged phone or phone charger in your vehicle at all times is recommended.
- Jump Leads
Even with modern technology warning us that we’ve left our lights on, we’ve all been guilty of doing this at some stage. Or one of the most common forms of draining a vehicle’s battery is listening to the stereo while the vehicle’s engine is switched off. You never know when you or someone close to you may require the use of Jump Leads, so it is always advisable to keep a set of these in your vehicle.
- First Aid Kit
Hopefully you will never have to use a First Aid Kit at the side of the road, but having a basic kit in your vehicle is advisable and can make a big difference until help arrives. Every basic first aid kit should contain bandages, burn cream, antibacterial wipes or cream, some form of pain reliever.
- Spare change / emergency money
Having cash on us is not vitally important due to the modern age that we live in, with ATM’s on every second street and the vast majority of businesses now accepting debit and contactless cards. In saying this, we still always recommend having a small amount of cash in change or notes hidden away in the car, as you just never know when you’ll need it.
- Flashlight, Replacement Bulbs and Fuses
Most smartphones have flashlights on them, but they do tend to drain a phone’s battery quite quickly, so always having a working flashlight stored in your vehicle is advisable. Replacement bulbs and fuses can be so handy for on the spot repairs, as visibility is vital for safety.
- Blanket, Hat, Scarf, Gloves and an Umbrella
These items can all come in useful for numerous reasons from a breakdown to a crash and they certainly won’t take up a lot of room in your vehicles boot.
- Breakdown Service Details
The majority of insurance policies now include breakdown assistance as an included optional extra. If however your insurance policy does not include this or if you have removed this extra from your policy, it is recommended that you have some form of breakdown assistance.
With all this knowledge, we know that you will be prepared
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