AA Car Essentials 5060114610651 Emergency Breakdown Kit

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AA Car Essentials 5060114610651 Emergency Breakdown Kit

AA Car Essentials 5060114610651 Emergency Breakdown Kit

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When it comes to preparing for a car breakdown emergency, a map can be an essential tool to have in your kit. While many people rely on GPS or their smartphones for navigation, it's important to remember that these devices can lose signal or run out of battery, or even not work in a remote location, leaving you stranded without directions.

This guide of winter tips for cars provides other preventative measures and advice on solutions for why your vehicle isn’t starting. Never remove the radiator cap or expansion tank cap of an overheated engine as it is pressurised and could lead to severe steam burns. Motoring breakdowns are far less common than they used to be but they still occur. And because they're rare they seem extraordinarily ill-timed. But if you think about it for a moment, no breakdown is ever well-timed. Some may be more inconvenient than others, such as conking out on a narrow bridge, but none are welcome. As stated in this guide 10 ways topreventa breakdown in winter, we'd rather stop our members breaking down in the first place than have them stranded at roadside. Ensure you are prepared in the event that your vehicle breaks down in the UK with the RAC Premium Breakdown Kit. The kit contains essential equipment from our standard kit to keep you safe on the roadside whilst working on your vehicle or awaiting recovery. Plus, the premium kit also includes jump leads, a window hammer / seatbelt cutter and a small first aid kit. The kit is securely stored in our premium carry case.

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A hazard warning triangle which can be placed around 10 paces behind your vehicle, alerting other drivers of the oncoming hazard This traditional beacon light has seriously bright LED bulbs and offers either a static or strobe beam. It comes with batteries, or it can be powered via 12V, and it's clearly visible and very eye-catching even in bright sunshine. It does feel cheaply made, though, and while it has a magnetic base, there’s no hook or other method of attaching it to the car. It’s not cheap for a single light, either. As drivers hang on to their cars longer in these financially challenged times, the chances of an unexpected breakdown increase. Consequently, it pays to keep an emergency get-you-home toolkit in the boot. There is no standard list of what a good emergency kit should contain, so we scoured the accessory shop shelves and the Internet to find the winning combination. Breaking down on a journey is one of those unexpected events that can happen to anyone, and let's be honest, it's not something we usually plan for. But maybe we should - what if your car conked out on a long road trip or during your daily commute? Do you have what it takes to handle the situation like a boss? Are you prepared?

Make sure you know where these are, as you'll be asked to hand them over to a mechanic after a breakdown so they can try and resolve the problem with your car. How to drive in winter - additional tips It’s always important to have fresh drinking water in your vehicle, and if you know you’re going to be going off somewhere remote, it’s probably a good idea to take some non-perishable food, just in case. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a good old-fashioned A-Z under the passenger seat. Smartphones are great, providing you have signal, data and battery but a paper map just might help get you out of trouble. The European Driving Kitensures that you have the tools to warn other motorists of an emergency, fix small issues with the vehicle and to be able to aid small injuries.Remember to place the signs at least 45 metres (147 feet) behind your car and note that the Highway Code advises against using them on motorways. For obvious reasons you don't want to be wandering around in busy motorway lanes. First Aid Kit When stranded on the side of the road, the last thing you want is for your phone to be out of charge. This is where a rechargeable power bank comes into play. We spoke to Tim at Mobile Solar Chargers and he told us that having one of these power banks (or even one with jump cables included) is a great idea: If you’re currently broken down without cover, make sure you’re in a safe place away from moving traffic. After, there are a few things you can do to help get you out of your current situation.

Since we now entirely rely on our phones for everything, keeping that charged is crucial, to call emergency services, but also for the GPS/Satnav to know where you are. I would suggest the minimum for a vehicle (particularly coming into winter) would be a power bank (for phone and light/ torch).


Once in a safe place, turn on your hazard warning lights. If you can do so safely, exit the vehicle on the side furthest from moving traffic. If you’ve broken down on the motorway, try to stand behind a safety barrier. This metal, cylindrical tool has a hexagonal shape that is used to remove or tighten the wheel nuts. It's incredible how fast your windscreen can turn into a muddy mess without a regular spritz of screen wash, especially during the winter months. You should always keep a spare bottle of screen wash in your car. Similarly, it’s worth carrying de-icer and a scraper in your vehicle. Snow Shovel Make sure you remain calm, be aware of other road users and then attempt to pull over so you’re off the road or on the hard shoulder of the motorway. Think about it - what would you do if your car broke down in the middle of nowhere? Would you have the tools to change a tyre, or jump leads to jump-start your battery?

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