Saturday 16 February 2019

As temperatures fall, it's time to think about staying safe in the driving seat...

Six winter essentials for your car

As temperatures fall, it's time to think about staying safe
As temperatures fall, it's time to think about staying safe

Geraldine Herbert

As temperatures fall, it's time to think about staying safe in the driving seat...

1 Car dehumidifier bag: An easy way to keep your windscreen crystal clear is to use a car dehumidifier. By extracting humidity from the air, it removes condensation, mould, mildew and musty odours from your car's interior - so no more morning battles with condensation! To use, all you do is place the bag on the dashboard and it will last for three to four months.

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2 Emergency winter car kit: From breakdowns to snow storms, a winter car kit is a must-have item. A good emergency winter car kit should include a foldable snow shovel, high visibility vest, foil blanket, LED torch, snow and ice grips, booster cables and waterproof ponchos.

3 A-Z road atlas: When disaster strikes, you can't always rely on technology. Having a road atlas can be extremely handy when coverage on your mobile is bad or you don't have sat-nav in your car.

4 Screen-wash and WD-40: Extra screen-wash is essential in your car during winter as grit and muck can build up on your windscreen, making it difficult to see when on the move. Also keep a can of de-icer or WD-40 on hand to de-freeze frozen locks. Do not pour hot water on frozen locks as this will only increase the amount of water inside and result in the problem recurring. And never force the key to turn a frozen car lock.

5 Portable phone charger: We rely on our phones to do pretty much everything, but all that multi-tasking takes its toll on your battery life. Portable power banks or phone chargers are ideal to see you through a few hours when your phone is dangerously low.

6 Travel blanket: In the event of an accident or breakdown, a blanket will provide a bit of extra warmth. Opt for woollen blankets rather than fleece, since they'll keep you warm even if they get wet.

Sunday Independent

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