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Winter Car Essentials

Driving to work at any time of year can be stressful, but during the winter there are so many added factors that can add to this stress. Bad weather, extra traffic on the road and poor lighting are just a few examples. With Care and any job that involves shift work you may be driving in conditions tunfavourable conditionsroads get gritted, so it is important to make sure you have the essentials in your car to keep you safe in case of an emergency to start your day.   

Essentials to have in your car 


You never know when you’ll get to your car and your windscreen or car will be iced over.  

An ice-scraper and de-icer will allow you to effectively remove ice from your windscreen without damage, remember never use hot water to get rid of ice. If you do not remove ice properly and have poor visibility you could be faced with £100 fine and 3 points on your license.  



Blankets are essential in case you get stuck and cannot put your heating on, it can get really cold quickly in winter.  They are particularly important if you are travelling with the elderly or children.  


Fully charged mobile phone and phone charger or power pack 

If you are delayed, especially if it’s due to bad weather, it is important to be able to let people know, whether that is your employer, any family members of service users you could be driving around or any appointments. These stops worry and allows you to focus on getting to your destination safely.  


Sat nav or map for new journeys 

You don’t want to be getting lost in the dark on unfamiliar roads, especially if you are a domiciliary worker and have multiple service users to visit in one day. It can also help you plan the safest route to get from A to B.  



Winter sun is low lying and can be blinding as well as cause glare. Keeping a pair of sunglasses in your car will help reduce the impact of the winter sun and improve your visibility.  


Torch and spare batteries 

With the short days in winter, it could mean that you get into trouble in the dark. Torches will help light your way and keep you safe whilst waiting for roadside assistance.  

Essentials for an emergency 

If you do travel in bad weather, there are a few extra things you can take in your car in case of an emergency.  

Hi-vis jacket 

Hi-vis jackets help you be more visible if you have to exit your car if you break down or during an emergency. This is particularly important during winter months when it is darker.  


Warm clothes and waterproof 

If you break down, you’ll need to get out of your car and that means you’ll need to get extra clothing on to battle the cold and weather. 


Warning Triangle  

Warning triangles also make you more visible to other vehicles allowing them time to slow down. If you are not on the motorway place it 45 yards (50m away) in front and behind your vehicle.  


For more tips on driving in winter conditions click here.  

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