With more cold weather forecast and no ruled out snow, motorists have been urged to make sure they have everything they need in case they end up in an emergency.
While there is going to be much more settled weather, the Met Office has said that there could be cold fog, snow and cold photos as it progresses from late January into February.
and car leasing company leasecar.uk Have come up with a list of the best tools to keep handy in case of a breakdown.
It includes an ‘old fashioned’ map. Because even though we have become accustomed to the GPS on cars and our smartphones, the battery can drain at the worst possible moment.
A spokesperson for LeaseCar.uk said: “Driving in winter conditions can often come with its own difficulties, so it is always good to be prepared.
“Getting to your destination safely should be a priority for all drivers – so keeping simple items like a cereal bar and wind-up torch in the car can make all the difference.
“Drivers can also store these items in the boot, glove compartment or behind the seats to take up less space.”
Top items to keep in your car this winter
Using a reflective triangle when you brake can help keep you and other road users safe. The Highway Code states that you should keep one about 45 meters behind the vehicle, but never use them on a motorway.
high visibility jacket
Keeping a high-visibility jacket in your car is another great way to alert road users to your presence – they’re especially important when it’s dark and you’re less likely to locate an emergency phone or call for assistance. were trying.
A portable phone charger is a must in today’s day and age, the last thing you want is a dead battery when you need to call a recovery service.
spare tire and jack
Tire punctures are a common cause of breakdowns throughout the year, so it’s always good to make sure your car has a spare one at all times. Also remember to have a jack and wrench in the car otherwise you will not be able to change the tyre.
Having a flat battery is also another common cause of breakdown – especially during the winter as the battery can become more temperamental. Jump leads are a great investment because they allow you to get a jump-start from another car without paying the expense of breakdown service.
It is very easy to check your vehicle with flashlight and by this you can save your phone battery. Make sure you get a winded up version for yourself so you don’t have to worry about having a battery.
First Aid Kit
First aid kits are easy to get your hands on and are important in emergency situations when it can take a while for help to reach you. If you have an older kit, make sure everything is still sterile and out of date.
An old-fashioned paper road atlas can help you out if you get lost and your phone is out of battery, data or signal, and there are no locals to ask.
Keeping your windscreen and windows clean this winter is not only extremely useful to stay safe, but is also a legal requirement.
Energy bars and cereal bars are great to keep in the glove compartment for long trips or if you’ve been broke for a while.
Met Office Long Range UK Forecast
Friday, January 14 to Sunday, January 23
The continuation of large-scale systemic conditions is most likely as we enter mid-January with a high pressure charge over the south of the country. With any spell of rain, most areas will remain dry and strong winds are likely to remain confined to the northern parts of the country. Systematic weather will bring widespread overnight frost as well as fog spots, which sometimes freeze. The amount of sunshine is uncertain as fog areas and places with low clouds potentially persist throughout the day, especially in the south. As we approach the end of the period, how long the predominantly inhabited conditions remain in place is uncertain, with an increased likelihood of some volatile spells returning in many parts.
Monday, January 24 to Monday, February 7
A more volatile regime is most likely in late January and early February, with wet and windy weather, followed by strong but rainy weather. The northwestern regions are expected to receive the most rain, while the southern and eastern regions may see the best of any kind of dry interval. Overall temperatures are likely to remain near or slightly above average, although some cold spells are possible. Snow can occasionally drop to lower levels in any given cold interval but is more likely on higher ground in the north.