Winter Emergency Kit What To Carry In Your Vehicle

Winter Emergency Kit
What should you carry in your car in-case you get stranded ?

Think like a Scout or Guide this Winter don’t be complacent but plan and Be Prepared for bad weather as this can strike at anytime, Follow our essential advice that could be a lifesaver.

Back in 2010, thousands of motorists found themselves stuck in their cars for up to 15 hours as snow, ice and gridlocked roads & motorways and left them stranded and more recently motorists on the A23 in 2013 were stranded for up to 12 hours. (See video below)

The Red Cross recommends that every car on the road should have a well-stocked emergency supply kit in winter in case this happens to you, Below is a list of what we recommend you should have on your journey no matter how short a trip it may turn out to be a lot longer than you expected and you will be glad you were prepared.

A23_393480bAlways make sure you have as much fuel in your tank as you possibly can in bad weather especially if it has snowed it is essential if you were to get stranded for several hours to run your engine every now and then to keep you warm.

Item Checklist:

  • Battery jump cables
  • First aid kit
  • Shovel
  • Basic tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Warning triangle
  • Sleeping bags or a blanket
  • Extra winter clothing (caps, socks, mittens,boots,coat)
  • Some sealed snacks eg; (biscuits) & drink (2 litres water)
  • Ice scraper & De-icer
  • Torch
  • High Visibility vest
  • Mobile phone, charger, extra charged battery
  • If your car uses a screw-in towing eye for recovery, know where it is !
  • Flashing light (optional)