The winter months are not only cold and miserable; they also bring colds, coughs and the flu amongst a whole host of nasty ailments. Winter is not many people’s favourite season. When the days are colder and darker, and there is dampness in the air, there are so many extra things that you have to start worrying about. Things like making sure you have an umbrella when you go out, wrapping up with extra layers and buying what feels like endless amounts of gloves, as you seem to keep losing one of them.
The weather at this time of year also means that your car is much more likely to break down or fail to start, which can often leave you in a very inconvenient situation. If you end up broken down at the side of a road in the dark and the cold, then you will be wishing that you had been better prepared.
Despite advancements in technology, the number of cars breaking down is on the increase. In the United States the number of vehicle breakdowns hit an all time high last year and cited some of the so-called technological advancements to be the cause for many of the breakdowns. This included tyre damage due to the vulnerability of the more sporty style tyres, battery failure due to the added draining of keyless ignitions. Another highly frequent cause of breakdowns is running out of fuel, which is usually quite avoidable with a little bit of better planning!
With these kind of figures regarding the amount of breakdowns, it is always a good idea to be well prepared for the possibility of a breakdown. This is even more important in winter when you could be sat in a freezing cold car waiting for the recovery vehicle to come to your rescue. Remember, if you end up breaking down on a hard shoulder, you should get out of the car to ensure that another vehicle doesn’t hit you. Imagine standing in the dark, in the wind and rain at the side of the road for an hour or even longer. There isn’t a much worse of a scenario than that, so make sure that it is this level of scenario that you prepare for.
Firstly, always carry a petrol can so that if you do run out of fuel, you can easily fill up when you finally get to a petrol station. Secondly, make sure that you have clothes for all eventualities – waterproofs, warm clothes, wellington boots etc. to keep you dry and as warm as you possibly could be should the dreaded breakdown happen to you. Invest in a prepared pack that holds items that you will find useful in the event of a breakdown, like winter survival kits. Keep a blanket and supplies of water in the car.
You never know what could happen when you’re out in your car and if you are frequently travelling in places that are remote or do a lot of motorway travel then there is even more reason to be precautious.