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Winter is here - but what should you keep in your car in case of a breakdown?

Winter Car Essentials

  • 17 Nov 2020

Check off our Best4 Warranty Winter Checklist to stay safe this chilly season.  


Ice scraper and de-icer

If you do not remove snow and ice properly, you could get a £100 fine and 3 points on your license.

Torch & batteries

Keep a torch handy to avoid any trips and falls. If you break down, you will need to find a safe place to wait for assistance. A torch will help light your way.

A fully charged mobile phone

If you are delayed because of bad weather (or a weather-related incident), it is a good idea to let your loved ones know as it will save them worrying and stop any distracting texts and phone calls. Please remember, DO NOT use a handheld phone while driving. Pull into a safe rest stop to make a call or ask a passenger to do it for you.

An in-car phone charger or power pack

In an emergency, the last thing you want is a dead phone battery. This can mean it’s even harder to contact assistance or let people know of your situation. Carrying a power pack or charger will make sure you are always connected to help or information. 

Sat-nav & printed route for an unfamiliar journey

Getting lost in the dark on unfamiliar roads is a stressful situation and dealing with a sat nav could distract you from driving. Planning ahead will ensure you’re prepared for any eventuality on your journey.

A road atlas

In case there are any diversions and no GPS signal on your sat-nav, a road atlas will help you plan a new route.


Sunglasses?! We hear you say. But actually, the low sun in winter can cause glare and dazzle drivers. Keep your sunglasses in the car to make sure your vision is not affected.

First aid kit

It is a good idea to always keep a first aid kit in your car. The British Standards Institution has guidelines on what to include sterile wipes, plasters, dressings, and scissors to treat minor wounds. A good kit should include all of these.

Empty fuel can

You will be surprised how many breakdowns are caused by running out of fuel. If you keep an empty fuel can in your car, then you will be able to find a filling station for a top-up if you do run out.


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Check out our Winter Emergency Kit List for what you may need if there is severe weather or snow!


To discover more about Best4 Warranty, please get in touch, there are several ways in which you can do this including calling us on 03300 944 444, emailing [email protected], filling in a contact form or filling in a callback form. Most of our warranty policies have been specifically designed to satisfy your needs. By adjusting parameters like voluntary excess, claim limits and labour rates you can tailor your cover to meet your requirements.

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