Winter Survival Kit: What to keep in your car

Ice scraper

When approaching winter, it’s the one season in which we need to be fully prepared for. Due to winter bringing the possibility of ice and snow, it’s often a struggle for cars to work perfectly in this weather, especially when making a long trip.
The weather is predictable, but with living in the UK, we just never know when the weather will take a turn for the worst – so being prepared is the key.

Some cars are better than others for tackling the weather winter brings, for example SUV’s and 4×4’s are better suited to snow in comparison to city cars and hatchbacks. If you’re looking for a new car for winter, check out some of the cheapest car leasing deals there are right now – there’s plenty to choose from.

Survival Kit

  • Ice Scraper – With cold weather, comes icy windows. When your windscreen is icy, it makes driving a lot more difficult as it restricts the drivers view, so having an ice scraper is always handy.
  • First-aid Kit – Due to the slippery surfaces and extreme weather, unfortunately there’s a higher risk of injury, so it’s best to keep a first-aid kit just in case.
  • Flares – Its best to make sure you’ve got at least 3 flares. They can be used in case of emergencies in order to signal for help.
  • Blanket/Hat/Gloves – Cars offer shelter, but in terms of heat, it’s not always available as it does use up petrol. Keeping a blanket, hat and gloves in your car aims to keep you warm in the coldest of temperatures.
  • Food & Water – Energy enriched bars are handy, along with water to keep hydrated.
  • Shovel – Snow storms are most likely to get your car stuck in snow, so a shovel is a helpful way of digging your way out.
  • Phone Charger – The majority of cars feature a phone charger, but a back-up may also be useful. This way you can contact a range of services.
  • Jumper cables – These are always a handy piece of equipment, for in case your battery dies.

These objects are just a selection of what to keep in your winter survival kit but a torch, sand/cat litter and snow socks are also handy.

Having all of these things in your car may seem like a huge amount of effort, but you’re better safe than sorry, especially in severe winter weather. You probably won’t need the kit as often as you’d expect, but just in case you’re stuck for a long time – you’ll be prepared.

Car leasing in the North West is becoming more popular than ever, so if you’re looking for a new car to store your survival kit in, there’s plenty to choose from.


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