Now the winter season is approaching, it’s important you’re well prepared for the upcoming biting chill. You may protect your home and pets, but do you take enough care of yourself when temperatures plummet? We have put together a list of items that you should consider before the peak of winter sneaks up on you, so you’re already prepared:
1. Ice scraper and brush
Before going to work in the mornings, you may notice that there is ice on the windscreen, which will prevent you from having full visibility. An ice scraper and brush are essentials for clearing your view and the roof of your car, in which snow could fly off and hit other vehicles whilst you’re moving.
A shovel would be an ideal tool to keep in your car, just in case you get snowed-in whilst out and about and need to make a path through the snow.
You never know when you’re going to break down, therefore storing a few blankets in your boot would be a sensible option, in case you’re unable to run the heater when temperatures hit below freezing.
4. First-aid kit
It’s always a good idea to have a first-aid kit in your car, but it’s even more important during the winter season. In the event of heavy snowfall, emergency services may not be able to reach you quickly, which means tackling issues alone until assistance arrives.
5. Hygiene items
In heavy snowfall, you just don’t know how long you may be stuck in a drift; therefore, it would be wise to pack all of the basic necessities to ensure your hygiene is taken care of. Items to pack may include the likes of hand wipes, toilet paper, mouthwash and nappies if you have a baby.
While you could use your mobile phone for that extra bit of light during emergencies, it would be wise to save as much battery as possible. This is when having a flashlight in your car is a good idea, as you never know when you’re going to get stranded in the dark.
7. Rope or chain
If you’re likely to get stuck in a snow storm and unable to drive your vehicle out of a drift, it would always be worthwhile keeping a bit of rope or a tow chain in the car. Doing so means you can pull your own vehicle or someone else’s out of heavy snowfall.
8. A power bank jump starter
In extremely cold conditions, your car battery may be at risk of shorting out. Therefore, it would always be wise to carry a power bank jump starter to get your car going, so you don’t have to call for assistance from an emergency vehicle or another road user.
If you happen to be stranded for a long period of time, travelling with a set of matches means you can start a fire as a method of keeping warm. However, matches are also useful for melting any snow on the windshield or around the tyres, should you run out of water.
10. Paper maps
There may come a time when you run out of GPS signal and need to find your way home, which means going back to basics and using a traditional paper map. Print out your ideal route before you set off from home and be sure your map covers the entire area you’re intending on travelling through.
11. Emergency tyre sealant
Changing your tyres in freezing temperatures can be extremely dangerous on a roadside when in blizzard conditions, therefore, getting yourself to safety as quickly as possible is of high priority. Tyre sealant offers you the temporary solution of patching up your tyres until you can get to a garage.
Sunglasses are not only useful for the summer months but are of high-important for driving when winter strikes. The sun is far lower than you may be used to, and the rays can glare off the snow. This could prevent you from seeing upcoming hazards. Sunglasses will also reduce eye strain if driving for a long spell.
13. Cash and credit cards
Getting home safely may mean having to pay upfront costs for repairs and assistance. Failing to have enough money on you may cause huge hold-ups to your trip home. Always be sure you’re prepared financially.