CAR breakdowns can drive us mad but having some top gear to hand can help you cope until help arrives.I spoke to the motoring experts from LeaseCar.uk
CAR breakdowns can drive us mad but having some top gear to hand can help you cope until help arrives.
I spoke to the motoring experts from LeaseCar.uk, who revealed a selection of practical items you should always keep in your vehicle.
Here’s how to stock your car before you set off . . .
Reflective triangles and a high visibility jacket: A high-vis jacket can be a real life-saver, especially in wintry conditions, at night and when stuck on a hard shoulder.
My tip: You can nab a high-vis vest on eBay.co.uk for around £2.99 to wear over your coat — cheaper than a full high-vis jacket for £24.99 at Screwfix.
Mobile phone car charger: LeaseCar.uk say: “The last thing you need is a dead phone battery when you need to call a recovery service, so always keep a portable phone charger in your car.”
My tip: As well as a charger, I always carry a portable power pack with me. I like the Mophie Juice Pack PowerStation, £8.99 on Groupon, usually £21.99.
Wind-up torch and fuel can: If you have to check under the car hood in the dark, you’ll struggle without a torch. Wind-up options are best as you won’t need batteries. Mountainwarehouse.com has a Dynamo wind-up torch for £6.99, down from £13.99. Also keep an empty fuel can in case you run out on the road. You can walk to the nearest petrol station to fill it up. Wilko’s five-litre one is £4, compared with Halfords where they cost £5.50.
SAVING: £7 torch, £1.50 can
Blanket and map: Leasecar.uk say: “If it rains and you get soaked, a spare blanket or towel is great for drying off or covering your car seat. A paper map will also come in handy if you lose signal.”
I like Dunelm’s fleece throws for £6 — similar throws cost £12 at John Lewis. Get a folded road map of Britain from Amazon.co.uk for £4.49.
SAVING: £6 on a blanket
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Deal of the day
I AM obsessed with this year’s range of Christmas lights available at Asda. Check out this adorable sausage dog – it’s £25 online at george.com.
HERE’S a cup winner. A box of 160 Tetley original tea bags is half price at The Co-op. Pop a box in your basket for £2.82, down from £5.65.
THIS Daewoo Digital kettle is on offer for £24.99 at robertdyas.co.uk. But, you could order the Ambiano kettle from aldi.co.uk for £19.99.
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TESCO Christmas sandwiches have now landed in stores and there are some delicious flavours to choose from.
I like the brie and cranberry one, which is also available as part of the meal deal. For something even more seasonal, try the Finest turkey feast sandwich, £3.
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LYLE’S is “Raising a Smile” through every purchase of its 454g tins of Golden Syrup.
With 20p from each limited-edition tin going directly to the Trussell Trust, the company will donate £40,000 from this initiative to support people who can’t afford food. Pick up the tins in major supermarkets.
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