Pack The Essentials
Becoming stranded after your car has broken down can be a very stressful situation, especially if you have children with you, so if you are planning a long trip, make sure you pack the essentials.
We have compiled a list of important items that will keep you going in the event of a vehicle breakdown . Some of these things can be life-savers if your vehicle packs up on a cold December’s night.
- Jump leads - Battery problems cause more breakdowns than any other fault, so if someone is kind enough to stop and help you, then you could be up and running again in minutes.
- Ice scraper and/or de-icer - On a bitterly cold night a car could freeze in no time, so make sure you can de-ice your car easily.
- Map - Relying fully on a sat nav can be a mistake; a map never runs out of battery and might prove useful if you become stranded in an unfamiliar area.
- Antifreeze - This will stop the water in your car freezing up and damaging the engine.
- Torch - A torch is essential; you can use it to see a map, the engine or guide you to a safe place to wait before your breakdown cover provider arrives.
- Bottled water - You can use water to clear a windscreen, or take a drink if you have to wait for a long time.
- Emergency food - Energy bars and snacks rich in glucose are a good short-term booster.
- Thermal blanket - Wrap up warm if you are stranded in the freezing cold.
- First aid kit - It is always best to make sure you have plasters, bandages and other first aid available in case of emergency.
- Medicine - Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can help ease that headache and help you think clearer.
Remember not to panic if you experience a vehicle breakdown with no service station in sight. Simply pull in to the hard shoulder safely (around 250 people are injured each year on the hard shoulder) and leave your vehicle via the passenger door to decrease risk.
Keep your children close at all times, use an embankment where possible and remember to look out for an emergency telephone nearby.