The experts behind LeaseVan.co.uk have devised their Winter Vehicle Survival Kit to help drivers stay safe and warm on the road in the chilly weather. Collapsible shovels, jump leads and sunglasses have been included in the list of essential items to keep in your car over the winter, as well as sugary snacks and in-car phone chargers. Tim Alcock of LeaseVan.co.uk said: “It may sound unlikely, but if the weather turns particularly nasty whilst you’re out driving it’s entirely possible that you’ll find yourself stuck at the side of the road. Recovery and assistance vehicles will take longer to get to you if the roads are treacherous, so these items will keep you safe and warm until they arrive – or help you get out of a frosty muddle altogether.”
If you have extra blankets or sleeping bags lying around your house, put a couple in the car. If you get stranded or happen to be involved in a crash, you can get cold quickly, especially if your car wont turn on.
Buy a small or collapsible shovel to keep in the boot of your car. Itll come into its own if your car gets stuck in snow or if you have to clear a path to park up.
When youre driving in cold conditions, you might notice the road chucks up little specks of dirt onto your windscreen that can become smeared. Make sure you keep extra screen wash with antifreeze properties to keep it from freezing.
In really severe cold, ice can build up throughout the day as well as the morning, meaning you might have to clear it before your evening commute. If you lose or break one, make sure to replace it as soon as you can.
A specially formulated de-icer can make it significantly easier and quicker to clear your windscreen and windows. Bottles can be bought from most garages for a couple of pounds.
If youre stuck waiting for a recovery vehicle or assistance for hours, youll want to make sure youve got a few sugary snacks to hand to keep your energy up.
Keep a snug hat, scarf and gloves in your boot youll do a better job of clearing your car when youre warm. It wouldnt hurt to keep a few hand warmers in the glove compartment either.
This is especially crucial in the winter because emergency vehicle response time may be slow if its snowing or particularly icy. This will allow you to administer basic first aid to yourself of the victim of an injury until assistance arrives.
It gets dark around 4-5pm in the winter months, so a torch will come in handy if you stall or get stranded after daylight. It can also help to make you more visible to others on the road.
If you have to travel a long distance in precarious conditions, make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave the house, and take an in-car charger if possible.
Although mostly thought of as a summer accessory, the suns reflection on snow can be really bright. Wearing sunglasses while driving will help to reduce the glare.