During the winter driving months, especially here in the UK it is best to prepare a winter kit and pack your car with the winter car essentials found in this list. Creating a winter driving checklist from this list is an easy way to keep onto of your safety during the cold dark, winter months.
What is in your car boot this winter? Is a list of items that you should consider keeping in your car boot during the winter months:
An ice scraper and de-icer are essentials for clearing snow and ice off your car’s windows and mirrors before driving. In addition to a scrapper windscreen de-icer spray can also be very handy.
A snow shovel can be useful for clearing snow from around your car, especially if you get stuck in a snowbank. At least once every winter here in the UK there is a news report of cars being stuck on the M25 or similar motorways, help your self with a hand snow shovel. These come in a variety of models including collapsible and foldable shovels.
Keeping a few warm blankets in your trunk can help keep you warm in the event that you get stranded in your car during cold weather.
Pack extra layers of warm clothing, such as gloves, hats, and scarves, in case you get stranded in cold weather and need to stay warm.
Torch and extra batteries:
A torch can be helpful for illuminating your surroundings in the event of being stuck in snow or if you need to change a tire, access the boot etc at night. We believe having both a handy hand held torch and a hands free head torch is the best way forwards.
First aid kit:
Every car be it winter or not should carry a first aid kit and like everything we preach here at bestoutdoors.co.uk, carrying it is not enough knowing how to use it is key. Your first aid kit should include basic supplies
A basic first aid kit should contain:
- plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes
- small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
- at least 2 sterile eye dressings
- triangular bandages
- crêpe rolled bandages
- safety pins
- disposable sterile gloves
- alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- sticky tape
- thermometer (preferably digital)
- skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
- cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
- antiseptic cream
- painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
- antihistamine cream or tablets
- distilled water for cleaning wounds
- eye wash and eye bath
Some online First Aid training resources or find a local trainer.
Jumper cables can be used to jump start a dead battery, which is a common issue in cold weather.
Battery Jump Kit:
A portable jump kit, can start your car without the need for another cars assistance, perfect if you are stranded or for those cold mornings when no one else is around.
Tire chains or traction mats:
Tire chains or traction mats can provide extra grip on slippery roads and can be especially helpful if you get stuck in the snow. There is now a selection of affordable snow chains made from plastic that can be used short term in an emergency to get you out of a pickle.
Non-perishable snacks and bottled water:
It’s a good idea to keep some non-perishable snacks and bottled water in your trunk in case you get stranded in your car for an extended period of time.
Warning triangles are used to warn other road users of the danger up a head. i.e that they are approaching an unexpected stationary vehicle.
High Visibility Jacket
If you are forced out of your car in the cold, after putting on your warm clothes it is good to put on a high visibility jacket. Winter days are dark days and increasing your visibility is always a good idea.
A knife is good for so many scenarios, from cutting and more. Always a good to have a small bladed knife in your boot for emergencies.
Tyre and Or Emergency Tyre Inflator.
A spare tyre or emergency tyre inflator and a pump. If you need to perform a wheel change or re-inflate your tyre to get you home then having the necessary kit is key.
A phone is a key piece of kit to have when your in an emergency, from calling the emergency services to googling ideas to assist your emergency. make sure your phone does not run out of charge with a dedicated car stored power bank. Just make sure to keep it topped up, checking the power banks charge every week during winter.
A multi tool is a great piece of kit to have stored in your car boot. These can have everything from a knife to plyers, Alan keys to tin openers and more.
Whistle, Emergency flares, phone. These can all be used to signal for help and alert other drivers to your location if you get stranded on the side of the road.
What is in your car boot this winter? Conclusion.
By keeping these items in your car’s trunk, you’ll be better prepared to handle any winter weather emergencies that may arise while on the road.