Winter Car Kit: Things To Keep In Your Motor

Issue 97

With the mercury plummeting well below zero in some parts of the UK, many motorists will be approaching the roads with trepidation this winter.

The latest cold snap – which follows the storms Babet, Ciaran and Debi – can make winter driving treacherous and unpredictable for some road users.

As ever, when it comes to winter driving, that old adage rings true: if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

Fortunately, this winter survival kit from Jardine Motors can help keep you safe for whatever the road may throw at you. Read on to find out the must-haves for your car this winter.

Your winter essentials

De-icer and windscreen scraper

Research shows that the average time to de-ice your windscreen is between five and seven minutes, so in the throes of a busy commute, it pays to have the best tools for the job.

A good spray can go a long way. Spray liberally to blast away frost and apply a little to your headlights to prevent these from freezing over. Then, make sure to brush away with a good-quality scraper. Be careful here, as anything too sharp may leave streaks on your windscreen while anything too flimsy will not be able to remove the ice.

A combination of snow-brushing and scraping is best.

Driving sunglasses

Nothing can be more irksome than driving into a low-lying, weak winter sun. Even the Highway Code, Rule 237 stipulates that drivers should slow down and if necessary, stop, if dazzled by the sun.

A well-chosen pair of sunglasses can help to reduce glare and provide a clearer view of the road ahead. Make sure your glasses are suitable for driving too – anything with too chunky a frame may affect your peripheral vision while you don’t want to block out the road completely with some overly dark lenses.

A photochromic or tilted lens is recommended.

A snow shovel

Should the weather really take a turn for the worse, a collapsible snow shovel is a practical addition to your winter toolkit. Easily stowable in the boot of your car, simply whip it out and dig your way back onto the road in the event of a sudden snow shower.

Make sure to also invest in some red, reflective triangles to place around your vehicle to alert other drivers approaching that you’re stuck.

Warm blankets and clothing

In the event of a breakdown, you’re going to want to wrap up warm while you wait for rescue especially if your car battery is broken and you can’t turn the heater on.

Some warm blankets or clothing – stashed neatly away in car boots or footwells – can keep you warm, particularly if you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Drinks and snacks

Cram your glove compartment with some non-perishable snacks.

Whether you’re stranded in the back of beyond or fatigued on a long journey, high energy, dry foods like protein or granola bars can help to keep you nourished and your blood sugar steady.

Portable phone charger

If you live in a particularly remote area, a phone charging power source can be a safety essential.

If you know you’re visiting a particularly isolated area such as the deep countryside, fully charge your power bank and leave it untouched in your car for emergencies.

Jump leads

Cold weather can be harsh on your vehicle’s battery. In fact, electrical faults are the leading cause of winter breakdowns across the UK.

Keep a set of jumper cables in your car to jump-start your vehicle in the event of a breakdown or to assist your fellow work colleagues or motorists in need.

Being prepared to lend a helping hand can make a significant difference on winter roads.

Car cushions and footrests

Not every winter car accessory has to be about survival either. Some luxury accessories can elevate your overall driving experience.

With heavy traffic expected as motorists visit friends and family over Christmas, comfort accessories can help provide relief. A memory foam car cushion, for instance, can help to provide extra support and cushioning and alleviate any discomfort caused by prolonged periods of sitting.

During long drives, your feet can also get tired and cramped. A car footrest can help to improve your circulation, reducing fatigue and leg pain.

In-car hoover

Now, for that real touch of luxury, a car vacuum cleaner can really help your used Mercedes E Class interior stay spotless.

Naturally, when battling the elements, your car interior is likely to see a build-up of snow, dirt, debris, leaves and even the crumbs from all the hot food required to keep you going.

A regular clean with a cordless vacuum hoover can keep your driving area pristine and well-maintained.


With UK temperatures set to tumble, tougher driving conditions are guaranteed. However, with this winter survival kit, you and your passengers can stay warm, safe and comfortable.

Happy driving!

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