Here are my top must-haves to get you and your car through the winter months.
The last thing you want when you’re late for work is to find your car with a completely frozen windscreen. It takes 10 minutes to defrost and now you’re late for your meeting. Check the weather forecast the night before and if close to freezing temperatures are predicted, cover your windscreen using the shield. Just peel it off in the morning and drive away! You can buy them cheaply from most places but I’ve got this one from the AA available on Amazon, which also doubles as a sun shield to keep your car cool in summer.
Covering your windscreen is helpful and easy. But what about the rest of your windows? Full car covers are annoying and expensive; so instead use Rain-X. It’s a 2 in 1 cleaner and rain repellent to help you maintain good visibility in poor conditions. It also helps to stop ice forming on your windows so it means less time spent defrosting them in the morning. I’ve used it and I was so impressed with the difference in visibility!
In car charger
You never know what will happen while you’re driving and if anything does happen you really don’t want your phone to be out of battery. I have an iPhone and so use the ANKER 24W car charger from Amazon. However, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S8 you’ll want the 39V version which supports Quick Charge 3.0.
I can’t recommend using it to charge your phone on every journey as it’s not great for your car battery, but use it before you set off if your battery is low. When your phone is plugged in remember to keep it out of sight to prevent any distractions.
Automatic digital tyre pump
Tyre pressures can fluctuate significantly during winter and an automatic tyre pump is very useful for checking pressures and inflating tyres. It’s quick to use and has an integrated torch which is ideal when it’s cold and dark outside.
I have the RING RAC600 and it’s very easy to use. Attach the connections, type in the required pressure and press go. It’s that easy!
In winter you almost always drive with your lights on and this means you’re constantly draining the battery. With older batteries, the alternator may struggle to keep the battery level topped up and so it’s useful to carry jump leads. This does rely on someone else being around to help you though! Try these AA jump leads on Amazon. Just remember to make sure the leads can cope with your engine’s capacity.
During winter, roads become covered in dirt, grit and salt which inevitably ends up all over your paintwork. This can result in damage to the surface and therefore it’s a good idea to protect your paint by applying a wax coat before the winter months arrive. One of the best products on the market is Autoglym Aqua Car Wax, which comes in a handy spray bottle making it really easy to apply. It’s not the cheapest option, but what I like about it is that you can apply it even when the car is wet, and it leaves your car protected with a great shine. It is available to buy individually or as a Bodywork Wash and Protect Complete Kit.
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