With the changing temperatures, it’s good to get prepared ahead of time so you’re not stuck when you run in to trouble. Read on to find out our top 6 things to keep in your car through the next few months.

This list is a selection of the things we’d recommend keeping in your car whenever it gets colder.

  1. A phone charger

Just about everyone has a mobile phone these days, and they can really help to get you out of trouble if you break down or get lost. However, it’s not going to do you much good if it’s not charged up!

Make sure you’ve got a phone charger in your car, and you can be sure that your phone will always have power when you need it!

winter driving

  1. De-Icer

Chances are, you’re quick to grab the kettle when you leave the house to a frozen car! But did you know this can have damaging effects on your windscreen? Instead, pick up a couple of cans of de-icer and keep one at home and one in the car. That way, when it comes to leaving work, or getting in your car after a long day out of the house, you won’t waste time waiting for that windscreen to defrost, not to mention fuel keeping the car running to get warm! It’s a good idea to keep a pair of gloves tucked up next to your de-icer too, to keep your hands warm whilst getting your car good to go.

3. Tyre Inflator

As well as keeping your tyres at the correct pressure, a tyre inflator can help you get going again if you have a slow puncture. Many also include torches or built-in USB chargers, so you can see what you’re doing and charge your phone in an emergency, too!

It’s also a good idea to carry some jump leads. The winter can be hard on car batteries, and being able to jump start your car can be the difference between driving home and waiting for rescue!

halfords tyre inflator

  1. An ice scraper

You probably know what this one’s for… Don’t wreck your credit cards by scraping the ice off the windscreen with them! Be prepared and make sure you’ve got a proper ice scraper in the glove box before winter comes.

ice scraper

  1. Fuel!

We know it’s normally a good idea to have some fuel in your car! However, when conditions are bad, you might find yourself stuck in traffic or having to take a detour. Think about filling up before you need to, so you’ve always got much more petrol than you need. That way, you won’t get caught out if your journey home gets a bit longer than it should be!

  1. A map or sat nav

Do you know where you’re going? What if there’s a road closure or you have to get off the motorway? Keeping a map in the car means you can work out your way home, but if you have a sat nav, it’ll automatically change your route to get you where you need to go!

If you have a sat nav with traffic updates, it’ll even help you to avoid any jams and get you to your destination as quickly as possible.

sat nav

Get ready for winter!

As well as keeping some extra things in your car, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on things like your car’s bulbs, wiper blades, battery and fluid levels. At Halfords, we can do all that for free! Just come along for a free 5 point winter check! Click here to find out more.

So there you have it – a quick guide to help you prepare for winter! As it gets colder, you might have to add things like snow chains and a snow shovel to your supplies. Are you missing anything on this list? Head to Halfords for all your motoring accessories!

Do you have anything you want to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

9 comments

  1. I always keep a 5 litre container of water in the car boot. Useful for topping up the washer bottle, as you use a lot more in the winter. Don’t fully fill it – perhaps only 3/4 full, to allow for expansion if it happens to freeze, so the container won’t burst. Keep it in the centre of the boot, close to the passenger compartment, so it is better insulated from the cold outside. I also keep a separate small container of concentrated washer fluid. That way, the water could also be used to wash your hands, clean the lights or top up the cooling system.

  2. Great advice would love to see a version of this list for bikers (after all some of us still ride motorbikes all year round but storage on bikes is somewhat more restrictive)

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