Do you know someone who's about to buy their first car? Or maybe you're guilty of using your car as a receptacle for empty crisp packets or overflow shoe storage. Let's be honest, who isn't?

In the unlikely event of an emergency, it's worthwhile having a few key essentials in the boot, to keep you safe and warm.

1. Emergency Roadside Kit

Breakdown kit

Every boot should at the very least contain the following:

  • Jump leads
  • A wind-up torch (saves worrying about batteries!)
  • High visibility jacket
  • Hazard warning triangle
  • First aid kit

This kit has all of the above, plus useful extras like a fire extinguisher, heavy duty gloves and a tyre gauge. All items comply with driving laws across Europe and are HSE recommended.

RAC, £59.40

2. Travel Blanket


If you get stuck in your car for any reason, or break down and have to get out and stand a safe distance away, you'll appreciate having something to keep you warm and snuggly.

For this reason, it's also worth keeping a spare jumper and rain mac in the back. While we're at it, why not keep a big bottle of water and some non-perishable snacks like nuts and dried fruit in the back? Sounds ridiculous, but you'll probably thank us for it one day.

Amazon, £9.99

3. Phone Charger

Charger cable

While it's important to remember that you should never use your mobile phone while driving, having a charger in your car gives you the security of knowing that should anything happen, you'll have a fully charged phone to call for help.

Which type you get will depend on how old your car is, and what type of phone you have, but you can normally pick them up quite cheap. Trust us, they're well worth having.

Prices vary

4. Emergency Hammer


Heaven forbid you're ever in this situation, but should you find yourself trapped in your car, having one of these could be invaluable. While you can remove your headrests and use its metal poles to smash the window, having one of these to hand could buy you precious seconds. 

Amazon, £7.49 for two

5. Ice Scraper Glove


Spring may be here, but this is England after all! You never know when you might need to scrape ice off your windscreen and when that happens, the last thing you want is to be struggling with a credit card, while your fingers threaten to fall off.

Of course, you can get sensible looking gloves, but why wouldn't you want yeti hands?

Really, it's a no-brainer. 

Prezzybox, £6.99

Worried you'll need these items more than you'd like?

If you fear you'll be spending more time stuck at the side of the road than driving your car, worry not! We offer a complete and hassle-free car buying journey through our Find, Fund & Deliver armchair service. This will help you get your new set of wheels selected, financed and delivered straight to your door in no time. 

Fill out our simple, two minute application form now to find yourself behind the wheel of a nice new car before you know it.

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