What to carry in your car throughout the winter – don’t get caught out!

9th January 2017

Don’t get caught out. Be prepared and, even if the worst happens, you have the reassurance of knowing you have resources.

• Powerful torch with spare batteries

• Reflective triangle (and consider distress flares if you drive in remote rural or mountainous areas)

• First aid kit

• Ice scraper, de-icer spray, snow brush

• Window cleaner spray

• Matches, wrapped to exclude dampness, and a good penknife or scissors

• Warm clothing, gloves and blankets

• Wellingtons

• Bottled water

• Jump leads

• Snow shovel

• Tow rope

• Some large blocks of chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, camping-shop high energy and non-perishable food

• Sacks or old carpet to place beneath your wheels if you get stuck

• Your mobile phone and spare battery (using a car charger will run down your car battery)


Driving in snow and ice

1. Setting off: Set off in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid any wheel-spin.

2. Driving uphill: Avoid having to stop part way up by waiting until it is clear of other cars or by leaving plenty of room with the car in front. Keep a constant speed, choosing the most suitable gear well in advance to avoid having to change down on the hill.

3. Driving downhill: Reduce your speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes. Leave as much room as possible between you and the car in front.

4. Travel at a constant speed: Choose a suitable gear (generally second or third) when going up hills in icy conditions.

5. Remember your stopping distance: On snow and ice, you require a ten times greater distance in which to stop than in dry conditions.


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