Getting prepared: The ultimate winter breakdown kit checklist

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Getting prepared: The ultimate winter breakdown kit checklist

Breaking down at any time of the year can be a pain, but as winter is approaching and temperatures drop, it becomes even more unpleasant! To keep you and your family or friends safe, make sure your car is well equipped with all these essential winter items:

Warm clothes and/or blanket

As temperatures start to go below 5 degrees, it’s vital that if you are stranded you have enough clothing to keep you warm. In the worst case scenario, you could be waiting a few hours for the recovery van to get to you, and depending on where you breakdown it may not be safe to stay in your car.

Food and drink

As obvious as it may seem, having sufficient snacks and water is important; carry something in your glove compartment just in case!  

Ice scraper

We’ve all been there, you’ve forgot your ice scraper and have to use your bank card to rid the windows of ice. Unfortunately this is not the best solution and could do damage to your windscreen if you don’t use the correct tools. You can usually pick them up at your local petrol station.  

First aid kit

In case of minor injuries, carry a basic first aid kit. Your kit should include the following:

  • Sterile cleaning wipes
  • Plasters
  • Nitrile disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Bandages.

High vis clothing

If you breakdown at the side of a motorway, it’s vital that you can be seen by oncoming vehicles, so carrying high vis clothing is critical. It could save your life!

Hazard triangles

Another very important piece of equipment for you winter breakdown kit checklist incase you breakdown on a road, however hazard triangles should not be used on motorways. You should always carry 2, one to go in front of your car and one about 45 metres behind the car.  

Jump start leads

If you carry jump start leads it’s also key that you know how to properly use them. A flat battery can occur at any time of the year, but more likely during the colder months.

Spare fuel

Carrying a spare can of fuel can be very useful if you run out. It will get you back on the road quickly and save you the expense and hassle of calling someone to recover you and your vehicle.

Want to avoid a breakdown in the first place?

Sometimes this is not something you can control, however there are actions you can take to lower the chances of one happening. Take a look at our article on basic car maintenance or book a service with Star Automotive for your Audi, Nissan, Ford, Honda, Renault or any other car brand, if you suspect an issue or just want to be sure your car is as safe as can be.

For more information on our winter breakdown kit checklist, or to book a service, call us on 01202 697933 to talk to our team!

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