Winter is, by some considerable distance, the most hazardous season for driving. From low setting suns during rush hour traffic to lurking patches of black ice, winter drivers have even more things to think about in terms of safety on the road than normal. One of the best ways to keep safe when driving during the winter is to be prepared. There are a number of essentials to keep in a car over the cold months to help you out of a variety of difficult and problematic situations.
What are the best essentials to keep in a car throughout winter?
Whether you choose a scrape (complete with a mitt to keep fingers warm), a homemade liquid solution, such as salt and water, water mixed with rubbing alcohol or a shop-bought spray, having something to get ice off your car is essential for winter. It’s not just for those early mornings either, when it’s cold enough, cars will ice up during the day, so think ahead and get your de-icing solution sorted before winter comes.
- Motor oil
Cold weather affects just about everything to do with the running of your car. The last thing you want is to be caught short of oil when out in freezing conditions, stranded with no garage nearby. Really, you should have a can of oil in your car all year round, but it’s extra-important in winter.
- Spare food and water
Sustenance may not be the first essentials to keep in a car over winter that spring to mind, but just imagine being stuck and awaiting rescue, who, remember, also have to deal with the elements for hours on end without any food or drink.
- Tow rope
Again, this is something that should really be in the boot all year round, but the added hazards of winter make it even higher up the list of essentials to keep in a car. You don’t want to have to be calling out vehicle recovery every time you get stuck in the snow after all.
Winter driving claims
Driving in winter can be hazardous, so it’s important to remember that if you are injured in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be owed injury compensation.
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Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice