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Be prepared for your motor breaking down with our cash-saving tips

Be prepared for your motor breaking down with our cash-saving tips

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

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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.

Be prepared for your motor breaking down with our cash-saving tips

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Be prepared for your motor breaking down with our cash-saving tipsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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.

SAVING: £22

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.

SAVING: £13

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

  • PRICES correct at time of going to press. Offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

This adorable Christmas sausage dog is only £25 at Asda

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This adorable Christmas sausage dog is only £25 at Asda

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.

Cheap treat

A box of 160 Tetley original tea bags is only £2.82 at Co-op

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A box of 160 Tetley original tea bags is only £2.82 at Co-op

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.

SAVE: £2.83

Top swap

The Daewoo Digital kettle is on offer for £24.99 at Robert Dyas

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The Daewoo Digital kettle is on offer for £24.99 at Robert Dyas
You could save yourself £5 by opting for this Ambiano kettle from Aldi

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You could save yourself £5 by opting for this Ambiano kettle from Aldi

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.

SAVE: £5

Don’t miss this…

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.

Giselle’s little helper

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.

Play now to win £15,000 on The Sun Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in The Sun Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle.

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect.

So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app.

Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member?

Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

Fancy a free fiver?

Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone.

Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

  • PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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