If your car is anything like mine then it will have multiple food packets, loose receipts and coins on the floor, but do you pack any of the 15 Items Everyone should keep in Their Car This Winter ..
As the cold weather approaches so do our ‘car problems’. Motor oil thickens when it gets cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over when first starting the car. In addition to this, battery output can drop to around half when temperatures drop. I know from experience that an old battery can work absolutely fine in the summer but once those frosty mornings arrive, your bound to have problems.
We all know it’s cheaper to do regular maintanance on our cars rather than wait until we have a problem. Many of us still choose to wait until we have a problem. Normally you can get away with paying a little extra. Imagine if you find yourself stranded upside down in a ditch, phone smashed, freezing temperatures and all you have is what was in your car… I bet you wish you packed these 15 Items everyone should carry in their car now
15. Traction Mats
I hope you never have to use these. Although if you get stuck in the snow, mud, or sand, I hope you happen to have these traction mats in your car. I bought a set for my daughter at a store a couple of years ago and I have used them multiple times. In snow and mud they work exactly as advertised and the money saved on not calling out AA has paid for them multiple times!
14. Warm Blanket(s)
A blanket or sleeping bag is a must have in any car. It not only keeps you warm in an emergency. It’s great as something to sit down on and you can always sleep in your car if worst comes to worst. Warmth is vital for survival and if you happen to catch yourself stuck in your car in the middle of snow storm, believe me you’ll wish you packed a blanket.
13. Jumper Cables
Might be an obvious one but you’d be surprised how many people own them, but leave them in the garage. Make sure to pack them in your car, all it takes is a light to be left on over night and you’ve got a flat battery… happens to the best of us.
You can’t go wrong with a multi-tool as it covers pretty much all bases providing you pick the right one. You can pick up a Leatherman on Amazon for under £50 and it will last you a lifetime or more affordable options such as the Stanley 84-519K
11. A Map / Atlas
That’s right a map… not a sat nav, not google maps, I mean a real paper road atlas. If you get lost and you have no signal / battery on your sat nav, then you may end up in trouble. Imagine you have very little petrol and you need to find the nearest service station … you will have to go back to the good old fashioned road atlases.
10. Snow shovel
As far as I am concerned, this is a must-have item to keep in your car for anywhere that is expected to get snow in the winter. I can remember on numerous occasions seeing people trying to dig themselves out of a parking lot with a garbage can lid, or worse, their bare hands.
Whether you’re just driving to the shop down the road or preparing your car for a road-trip to the ski mountain. Make sure you always prepare to spend time outside. If you need to change a tyre or you’ve broken down on a motorway. It will not only keep you warm, in addition to this it will increase your visibility. You can’t go wrong with a high vis padded jacket like this one:
8. Duct Tape
This one is one that everyone thinks they can miss off the 15 Items Everyone Should Keep In Their Car This Winter. However, In my experience it has come handy a few times. I once used it to fix my wind mirror after someone had knocked it off. A second time I bumped my car and the license plate fell off. I used the duct tape as a temporary fix to stick the license plate back to my bumper.
7. Spare Cash
Self explanitory really, not only is loose change useful to have for car parks etc. If you find yourself having to use a pay phone or your credit card goes missing. Having no cash can make things more difficult when you really could be doing without the added stress.
6. Food Supplies
It’s a good idea to keep a few non-perishable, melt-proof, calorie dense food items in the car, like energy bars, granola bars, dried fruit.The calories you consume will be converted into much-needed body heat and can help you avoid hypothermia.
We’ve all done it.. when you arrive back to your car and it’s pitch black, search your pockets for your keys unlock your car and oops.. dropped the keys in the snow as you opened the door and can’t find them anywhere. Having a torch can just make things so much simpler sometimes.
Water is essential any survival situation. We would suggest always keeping a couple gallons in the trunk of your car for drinking or cooking. It can also be used
3. Portable Charger
If your car’s out of power, having a USB phone car charger is not going to get you anywhere if you can’t even start the ignition. With a 12,000 mAh capacity you can fully recharge an iPhone 7 around six times or even jump start your car with specialist adapters.
2. A Lighter/ Matches
We’ve already discussed the importance of staying warm. It cannot be stressed enough… having the ability to make a fire could be the difference between life or death. Keeping a lighter takes up absolutely no room and can cost less than £1. You may well have a cigarette lighter built in your car but this won’t be much help if you can’t start the engine.
1. First Aid Kit
There is absolutely no excuse for not carrying one of these in your car. This is a vital bit of survival kit if someone is hurt in an accident. Equally just as important is knowledge of how to use a first aid kit. Knowing what to do and how to do it, can be very important in such a moment.