Sunday 4 December 2016

The six items you should keep in your car this winter to be prepared for every situation

Published 23/11/2016 | 16:47

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Be prepared for the ice, snow and cold ahead by keeping these six items in your car this winter.

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Figures released by its4women.ie have shown that the number of reported road accidents increase dramatically during the colder and darker months, with the number of accidents rising by 53% in October to December last year compared to July to September.

To be prepared for the colder months, the car insurance provider has compiled a list of items to keep in your car in case of emergency.

The kit should include a hand warmer or gloves to keep you warm should you have to stop the vehicle or step outside, non-perishable, high energy food to keep hunger at bay in case you break down and a portable phone charger.

It should also include an ice scraper or full can of De-Icer to prevent frosty windscreens and windows and a jump starter kit to recharge a flat battery. Make sure you know exactly how to use the jump starter before you add it to your kit, however.

Lastly, keep a torch with spare batteries in your car to stay prepared should you encounter difficulties at night.

Keep your kit in the boot of your car or in the glove compartment so it's handy if you ever need it, and always be sure to do a full vehicle check before starting a journey and check that you're heating is fully working.

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