Top tips for winter car boot essentials or how not to be a shovel short
Although the UK does not suffer the severe winter conditions associated with other parts of the world, there can still be cold snaps or bouts of heavy and sudden snowstorms over the winter months. Because the UK’s weather is so changeable motorists are often caught out by a rapid transformation of climatic conditions and find themselves stranded without the proper equipment.
As an insurance broker Adrian Flux Insurance Services is used to thinking ahead, juggling with ‘what if’ scenarios and advising motorists on safer driving. Here Flux has put together a realistic list of what the motorist should put in their boot for winter driving.
- Most important is a torch. It’s no use being well-equipped if you can’t see what you are doing or where you are going. A head torch enables you to keep your hands free.
- A shovel and a scraper are essential to remove ice and snow from windows and under the wheels. There are fold-up shovels on the market that can remain in the boot year round and may even come in handy in the summer for beach use.
- Although some think de-icer is ecologically unsound, it is still the most efficient way of clearing ice off the windscreen and a necessary item in the winter car boot essentials. Halfords offers a Winter Kit that saves shopping around.
- If you want to venture far from the car for help or to help others then an old thick, waterproof coat and a pair of wellies will keep you warm and dry. As the light is usually poor at this time of year a high visibility vest to put on over your coat could be a life saver.
- Sometimes motorists are stranded for hours on end so some emergency non-perishable rations such as yummy bars of chocolate and high energy snacks will be sure to fend off the hunger pains and lift the spirits. Don’t forget to put some bottles of fresh drinking water in there as well.
- A snuggly thermal blanket (or two) for warmth is essential if you’re carrying young children as it is not always feasible to keep the car engine running for long periods of time.
- Finally a length of rope could come in handy if you need to be towed or want to climb up a slippery bank.
Flux emphasises that this list is just a guideline and that there are plenty of other things to consider when driving about in the winter such as trying not to drive with less than half a tank of fuel in case you want to run the engine to keep warm when stuck.