With more cold weather forecasts and snow not ruling out, motorists have been urged to ensure they have the items they need if they run into an emergency.
Although there will be plenty of steady weather, the Met Office has said there could be freezing fog, snow, and cold snaps from late January through February
And car leasing companies LeaseCar.de have made a list of the best equipment that you have to hand in the event of a breakdown.
This includes an “old-fashioned” card. Because although we are used to GPS from cars and our smartphones, the batteries can run out at the most inopportune time.
A spokesman for LeaseCar.uk said: “Driving in winter conditions can often be difficult, so it is always good to be prepared.
“Getting to your destination safely and healthily should be a priority for all drivers – so having simple items like a granola bar and a retractable flashlight in the car can make all the difference.
“The driver can stow these things in the trunk, glove compartment or even behind the seats so as not to take up too much space.”
Top Items To Keep In Your Car This Winter
Using a reflective triangle in the event of a breakdown can help protect you and other road users. The highway code dictates that you should place one about 45 meters behind the vehicle, but never use it on motorways.
High visibility jacket
Wearing a reflective vest in the car is another great way to alert road users to your presence – they’re especially important when it’s dark and you’re trying to find an emergency phone or waving for help.
Cell phone charger
A portable phone charger is essential these days. The last thing you want is a dead battery when you need to call a recovery service.
Spare tires and jack
Flat tires are a common cause of breakdowns year round, so it’s always good to make sure your car always has a replacement with you. Remember to have a jack and wrench in the car as well, otherwise you will not be able to change the tire.
A dead battery is also another common cause of breakdowns – especially in winter when batteries can be more spirited. Jump start cables are a great investment as they can jump-start another car without paying the cost of roadside assistance.
Pull up the flashlight
Checking out your vehicle is much easier with a flashlight and you can save on your phone’s battery. Make sure you get a wind-up version so you don’t have to worry about batteries.
First aid kit
First aid kits are easy to find and essential in an emergency situation when help can take a while to get to you. If you have an old kit, make sure everything is still sterile and up to date.
An old-fashioned paper street atlas can help in case you get lost and your phone is out of battery, data, or signal and there are no locals around to ask.
Keeping your windshield and windows clear this winter is not only extremely useful for safety but also a legal requirement.
Non perishable snacks
Energy bars and muesli bars can be stowed away in the glove compartment for long trips or in the event of a longer breakdown.
Office met long-term UK guidance
Friday January 14th to Sunday January 23rd
A continuation of the largely balanced conditions is most likely if we set off at high pressure in the south of the country in mid-January. Most areas will be dry, with rainfall and stronger winds likely to be confined to the northern parts of the country. The persistent weather brings widespread night frosts as well as patches of fog that sometimes freeze. The amount of sunshine is uncertain as fog and low clouds in places may linger all day, especially in the south. How long the predominantly sedentary conditions will last is uncertain as there is a greater likelihood that some troubled periods will return to many parts towards the end of the period.
Monday January 24th to Monday February 7th
A more troubled regime is most likely in late January and early February, with periods of wet and windy weather followed by lighter but rainy interludes. Northwest areas are likely to be the wettest, while southern and eastern areas see the best drier interstices. Overall temperatures are most likely near or slightly above average, although some colder interludes are possible. In colder intermediate layers, the snow may temporarily fall to lower levels, but it is most likely over higher ground to the north.