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None of us expect to have a breakdown in the car, and the chances are that such an occurrence wouldn’t be on a warm, sunny day close to home. Nevertheless, regardless of weather conditions and location, do you have the right things to stay safe with you?

This blog covers essentials that you should keep in your car..

  1. Hi-Viz jackets for everyone in the car, waistcoats with reflective strips are inexpensive and they are available in all adult and child sizes – it’s important to keep everyone visible, regardless of the time of year.
  2. A fully charged mobile phone.
  3. In-car phone/Sat Nav chargers or power pack (with the correct cables).
  4. A road atlas – in case technology lets you down. Or if there are road works and there’s a detour and you don’t actually know where you are.
  5. Sunglasses – Highly recommended to be kept in the car all year round as the low sun in winter can dazzle drivers just as much as a summer sun. 
  6. Note pad and pencil – Always useful if you need to write down details regarding an incident and a pencil won’t dry up or run out of ink!
  7. First aid kit.
  8. Hand wipes.
  9. Empty fuel can – Many breakdowns are caused by running out of fuel. If you keep an empty fuel can in the car, you’ll be able to nip to a filling station for a top up if you do run out, saving expensive breakdown call out fees.
  10. Warning Triangle. 
  11. A wind-up torch or torch and spare batteries – with small children, consider a head torch so you can keep your hands free.
  12. Jump leads – and know how to use them!
  13. Bottles of water – great for cleaning windows, hands, muddy boots etc, as well as quenching a thirst.
  14. A portable potty (or even an old plastic box with a lid) –  you never know when it may come in handy! But don’t forget wipes/toilet paper and a bag for their disposal.
  • For winter journeys, you may want to add…
  1. Ice scraper and de-icer – After a day out you could easily return to a frozen windscreen, make sure you always carry an ice-scraper and de-icer so you can effectively defrost it. If you don’t remove snow and ice properly, you could get 3 points on your licence and a £100 fine!
  2. Warm clothing – take hats, scarves, gloves, coats and extra socks with you.
  3. A warm blanket.
  4. Food and drink – The prospect of being stuck on a roadside for hours in poor weather conditions is a gloomy one – if you’re hungry or have children with you, it can feel far worse. A big flask of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or soup and plenty of snacks, could easily be considered essential.
  5. A shovel.
  6. Make sure you have topped up your washer bottle with antifreeze and have more than enough fuel for your journey.

One final top tip – joining a breakdown organisation like the AA, RAC or Green Flag may remove some of the worries that a breakdown can cause and knowing that they are on their way, provides more time to entertain your children!

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Your Car Breakdown Kit

None of us expect to have a breakdown in the car, and the chances are that such an occurrence wouldn’t be on a warm, sunny day close to home. Nevertheless, regardless of weather conditions and location, do you have the right things to stay safe with you?

This blog covers essentials that you should keep in your car..

  1. Hi-Viz jackets for everyone in the car, waistcoats with reflective strips are inexpensive and they are available in all adult and child sizes – it’s important to keep everyone visible, regardless of the time of year.
  2. A fully charged mobile phone.
  3. In-car phone/Sat Nav chargers or power pack (with the correct cables).
  4. A road atlas – in case technology lets you down. Or if there are road works and there’s a detour and you don’t actually know where you are.
  5. Sunglasses – Highly recommended to be kept in the car all year round as the low sun in winter can dazzle drivers just as much as a summer sun. 
  6. Note pad and pencil – Always useful if you need to write down details regarding an incident and a pencil won’t dry up or run out of ink!
  7. First aid kit.
  8. Hand wipes.
  9. Empty fuel can – Many breakdowns are caused by running out of fuel. If you keep an empty fuel can in the car, you’ll be able to nip to a filling station for a top up if you do run out, saving expensive breakdown call out fees.
  10. Warning Triangle. 
  11. A wind-up torch or torch and spare batteries – with small children, consider a head torch so you can keep your hands free.
  12. Jump leads – and know how to use them!
  13. Bottles of water – great for cleaning windows, hands, muddy boots etc, as well as quenching a thirst.
  14. A portable potty (or even an old plastic box with a lid) –  you never know when it may come in handy! But don’t forget wipes/toilet paper and a bag for their disposal.
  • For winter journeys, you may want to add…
  1. Ice scraper and de-icer – After a day out you could easily return to a frozen windscreen, make sure you always carry an ice-scraper and de-icer so you can effectively defrost it. If you don’t remove snow and ice properly, you could get 3 points on your licence and a £100 fine!
  2. Warm clothing – take hats, scarves, gloves, coats and extra socks with you.
  3. A warm blanket.
  4. Food and drink – The prospect of being stuck on a roadside for hours in poor weather conditions is a gloomy one – if you’re hungry or have children with you, it can feel far worse. A big flask of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or soup and plenty of snacks, could easily be considered essential.
  5. A shovel.
  6. Make sure you have topped up your washer bottle with antifreeze and have more than enough fuel for your journey.

One final top tip – joining a breakdown organisation like the AA, RAC or Green Flag may remove some of the worries that a breakdown can cause and knowing that they are on their way, provides more time to entertain your children!

Download our checklist

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