The 14 essential items to carry in your car when travelling in snow | McCarthy Cars

The 14 essential items to carry in your car when travelling in snow

As we’ve been experiencing some rather chilly weather lately, at McCarthy Cars, we’ve been thinking about the essentials you’d need if you were travelling in snow. Here’s a list of items we’d make sure we have in our car:

  • Sunglasses – the glare from snow can be very strong indeed, particularly when the sun is low.
  • A high-visibility jacket – you’ll need to ensure that you can be seen by other motorists if you leave the car.
  • Strong-gripping boots – to prevent you from slipping as you try to get your car going again.
  • A pair of reflective warning signs – set these up at the front and rear of your car, alerting motorists to your presence.
  • Ice scraper and de-icer – self-explanatory must-haves.
  • A shovel – for digging out any snow that settles around the car – the tyres, in particular.
  • A torch (complete with spare batteries) – if natural light fails, you’ll need to see what you’re doing.
  • Phone charger – portable versions are readily available and very affordable – and a real life-saver when your phone’s battery is low.
  • Warm clothes and blankets – don’t get caught out by the cold weather, particularly if you have to wait in your car for breakdown assistance.
  • Food and drink – you’ll need to say hydrated, and you won’t want to go hungry if you’re stuck for some time.
  • A first-aid kit – in case of vehicular impact, or accidents caused by slipping on ice.
  • Jump-start cables – so long as you know how to use them, these might just get your car going again.
  • An empty fuel can – if your car runs out of petrol or diesel, an empty can is useful for transporting fuel from a nearby gas station.
  • A road atlas – a good, old-fashioned map is just what you need if your phone has no signal, or the satellite navigation is on the blink.
  • Red car in snow