With severe frosts and the threat of heavy snow this month, it’s time to prepare for the worst and make sure you’re carrying the right equipment when you hit the road. We’ve put together some ‘winter essentials’ that should help to keep you and your loved ones safe, as temperatures start to plummet…
If you haven’t time for browsing, you might want to save yourself the trouble and simply plump for this deluxe car safety kit. It contains plenty of gear to help keep you safe and warm, all stashed in a rugged-looking carry pack. There’s a scraper and de-icer, thermal blanket, instant hand-warmers and wind-up torch, drinking water (and even long-life food rations), plus a high-visibility vest, first-aid kit and emergency light sticks. Not to mention a folding mini-shovel. All for just £66.84. Click here for more details.
A genuine Zippo product, but not for smokers – this hand-warmer uses Zippo lighter fuel but there’s no flame produced (it has a catalytic burn action, apparently). With a burn time up to 12 hours, it’ll keep your hands warm till help arrives. It can be yours for £12.91, by clicking here.
Your mobile phone could be quite literally a life-saver, if you find yourself stuck in snow. Or maybe you just like to talk a lot. Either way, don’t be without the comfort of a back-up phone charger, such as this ‘Kitpower’ one for iPhones, priced at £12.87. Click here.
We’re told that if a car does become snowbound, you should stay with it and not wander off into the icy wasteland. However, if we have a winter like last year, you might be glad of these rubber overshoes with their grippy metal spikes, just to get from the car to the front door. Surely it’s worth £8.00 to stop yourself falling flat on your face? Save yourself the bruises and click here.
Not just a torch, this one, as it offers all sorts of safety goodies wrapped up in one slim package – such as a flashlight amber signal, a glass-breaking hammer and a safety-belt cutting tool. You can buy it for £11.46 (though you’ll need to get two AA batteries separately). Click here, then keep it in your car.
The above bits of winter kit are just a few of our favourites, however. Click here for a full selection of ‘Winter Driving’ essentials.