To help you stay as safe and prepared as possible, we’ve drawn up a winter driving checklist of all the essential items you need in the event of your car breaking down this winter.
It may look like a lot but you can get some great bargains on a winter essentials kit at stores like Halfords, saving you the time and hassle of having to source all the different items.
Now that you know all the essentials you should keep in your car, it’s time to let you know what should you do in the event of a breakdown…
If at all possible, move your vehicle off the road away from the traffic, and turn off the engine. If you’re on a motorway, leave at the next exit if you can. Otherwise, pull on to the hard shoulder or into a lay-by.
Turn on the car’s hazard warning lights, and keep the sidelights on if it’s dark or foggy. Wear a high-vis jacket when you get out of the vehicle.
If you have a warning triangle, place it at least 50 metres behind your car on the same side of the road. But don’t use warning triangles on motorway hard shoulders – it’s not safe.
It’s Great Britain so the weather is likely to be bad, but unfortunately it’s too risky to stay in the warm of your car, so you’ll need to get out of your car and off the road to avoid the danger of being hit by other traffic. Leave on the left-hand side and head for safety, on to a grass verge or bank if you can.
As you’ve got breakdown cover included in your cover with us, you just need to give Call Assist a call on 0333 043 2005. Give them as much detail as you can and they’ll be with you as soon as possible.
If you’re tempted to return to the car to try and get it started again while you’re waiting for help – don’t! It simply isn’t worth the risk, and you’ll only complicate things for the experts who are on their way to help you.
Above all, stay calm and stay safe. Breakdowns are an annoyance, but they’re not the end of the world. Be patient and help will come.
Worried about driving this winter? Don’t worry, we’ve got a handy little winter driving guide for you to help calm your fears.