What to Include in a Winter Car Kit

No one likes winter driving. Whether you’re constantly having to dip your full beam, travelling at a snail’s pace due to fear of ice, or genuinely worried your hands might fuse with the steering wheel if they get any colder, it’s safe to say that we’d prefer to be doing just about anything else. But winter driving isn’t just frustrating, it can be dangerous too. That’s why, this month, 1st Call Windscreens are going to help you put together an emergency winter car kit, helping you stay safe out on the roads in colder temperatures.

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Winter car kit item 1: An ice scraper

The ice scraper is the workhorse of your survival kit; you’ll probably be using it everyday if the mercury drops particularly low. They’re also extremely cheap and available at most petrol stations, so there’s no excuse not to add one to your kit.

Winter car kit item 2: Hi-vis jackets

If you break down or have an accident in the dark and need to leave your car, you have to make sure that oncoming traffic can see you. That’s where a hi-vis jacket comes in. We suggest packing one for each family member.

Winter car kit item 3: A torch

If a warning light pops up on the dashboard and you want to take a look under the bonnet for peace of mind, you’re going to need a good torch. While most smartphones have excellent little torches, they can really drain your battery, and you could well need to call someone in an emergency.

Winter car kit item 4: Snacks

Not that we need much of an excuse to keep snacks in our vehicles, but it could prove useful if you breakdown or end up stuck in traffic. Keeping warm is energy-sapping business, after all.

This moves us neatly on to our next point.

Winter car kit item 5: Blankets

Yes, yes, we know – all vehicles have heaters these days, but leaving them on for extended periods is a surefire way to run your battery down – something which you definitely don’t want on a dark winter’s night. So be smart, conserve petrol and pack some warm blankets in your boot.

Winter car kit item 6: First aid kit

This is something that you hope you’ll never have to use, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can often pick one up for as little as five pounds too, so there’s really no excuse.

If there’s any extra medication that you require, you can always store that in your first aid kit.

Winter car kit item 7: Sunglasses

When you think of winter, your mind won’t immediately spring to sunglasses, but you’ll definitely want to pack a pair in your survival kit. Why? During the winter the sun is much lower in the sky, causing the sun’s rays to hit environmental objects at odd angles. This, in turn, can create a lot of glare. To combat this, pack a pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses, you won’t regret it.

If your windscreen has become damaged this winter, we can help. Serving customers throughout Sittingbourne, Maidstone and Kent, 1st Call Windscreens are a leading windscreen repair and replacement company. Whether you have a small chip in your windscreen or it’s totally shattered, our experienced technicians will be able to get your vehicle roadworthy in no time. For more information, give us a call today.