You ask yourself ‘what items should I always have in my car?’ when travelling – even if it’s just to work. Here is our list of essential items you should always have when driving in winter or summer; for long journeys or short.
Vehicle recovery is something most drivers are aware of, but not what they themselves should carry. It’s something people often don’t think about – they use their car to go to-and-from work five days a week, to the shops on late-night Thursday, and maybe to somewhere nice over the weekend. However, even the most reliable of cars can have an unfortunate twist of fate and breakdown. It’s Murphy’s Law.
That means a breakdown can occur at any time, at any stage of your journey. You may have contacted a local car recovery service and they are on their way, but how long will they take to get to you? It’s always good to have an emergency kit in your car to help make a breakdown that little bit easier.
Whether it’s in the boot or the back seat, here is our recommended list of essentials to keep in your car at all times:
- Your car’s manual
- A spare tire (with tire jack or tire iron)
- A snack and drink (also handy in classic British traffic)
- A spare canister of oil (“Jerry can”)
- A blanket
- Jumper cables
- A road map (incase your phone isn’t working)
- A cloth, sponge, ice scraper
- A portable phone charger
- A flashlight
- Replacement bulbs and fuses
- First aid kit
- Plastic bag and tissues (mum’s know)
- Breakdown recovery company details
If you know what to do when you breakdown, you’ll know that you already have to hand a vehicle recovery services telephone number to hand.