Car Essentials For Winter Driving

Posted by at 12 December 2019, at 11 : 47 AM

Car Essentials For Winter Driving

Driving in winter is always a bigger risk than the summertime. If you are planning to be out on the roads during the winter, it is important that you take into account some safety considerations. When you are looking to drive in the winter it is important for you to gather some essential tools and equipment for the ride.

To avoid a car accident and make sure you are safe on the road, here are the absolutely essential items you should have in the car in winter.

Ice scraper and de-icer

Most modern cars will have indoor heaters that you can kick off when you switch on the engine to help melt away ice from the windscreen. However, in winter when the frost has been particularly hard, you’ll need a bit of extra help. This is where de-icer spray will become your best friend. Once you have started the heaters, spray the windows with de-icer, and then use a scraper to get rid of the bulk of the ice. You’ll be ready to go in no time.

Torch and spare batteries

Winter is a cruel season and it is important that you are always prepared for the worst. Let’s say you have been out with your family for the day and you get lost in the dark: what would you do? This is why carrying a torch and spare batteries is an important thing to do. You’ll be able to provide yourself with a light source as you either call for help or find your way.


In the winter, you might not think about bringing layers with you in your car as the car is normally a warm and safe haven. However, if you end up stuck somewhere and need help, you should always have layers ready to go. Keep a warm blanket, coat, and thick socks in the boot so that you always have the means to stay warm when you need it. We know it is uncomfortable to drive in a thick jacket, but always bring one with you!


A Hi-Vis is something you might not own unless you have ever worked in a warehouse or construction site, but it is something you should keep with you in the car. If you were to breakdown at the side of the road when the sun goes down, the last thing you want is for a passing driver to not see you and crash into you. Wear a hi-vis if you stand outside the car to alert other drivers to your presence.

Snow grips

Even if snow is a rare occurrence where you live, the roads can become slippery during the winter and you should be prepared for this. Snow grips are small rubber and metal ‘socks’ that you can attach to the bottom of your shoes to provide you with extra grip. They are super useful and will keep you on your feet in slippery weather.

Once you have all of these items in the car with you, you’ll be much safer on the road in winter.

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