2 . Spare tyre and car jack
Probably one of the most common causes of breakdowns are tyre punctures , so it ’ s always a good idea to keep a spare tyre with you . Most new cars come with one , but if yours doesn ’ t have one , it ’ s definitely worth making the investment . You should also pack a car jack and wrench , otherwise you won ’ t be able to change it if needed .
wearing a highvis jacket is especially vital if you have to walk to find an emergency telephone
3 . Jump leads
Another common reason for breakdowns is a flat battery – particularly in the colder weather when car batteries tend to be more temperamental . If you buy a set of jump leads , you will be able to get a jump start from another driver and be back on the road in no time .
4 . Mobile phone car charger
The last thing you need is a dead battery when you need to call a recovery service , so always keep a portable phone charger in your car .
5 . Spare coolant , oil and windshield-washer fluid
Checking these regularly can help you avoid getting caught out , but it ’ s always good to have extras to hand , just in case .
6 . Wind-up torch
If you have to check under the hood of your car in the dark , you ’ ll struggle without a torch .
7 . Empty fuel can
Keep an empty fuel can in your car so that if you run out of fuel on the road , you ’ ll be able to walk or get a lift to the nearest petrol station to fill it up .
8 . Non-perishable snacks
Energy or cereal bars are great to keep in your glove compartment just in case you need to keep your energy levels up .
9 . First-aid kit
It ’ s a good idea to keep a simple first aid kit in the car in case of emergencies . You can buy these in some supermarkets , car stores , or online .
10 . Sunglasses
When the sun is low in the sky , particularly around spring and autumn , the glare can be blinding so keep some sunglasses to hand .
11 . Map
An old-fashioned paper road atlas can help you out in case you get lost and your phone is out of battery , data , or signal , and there aren ’ t any locals around to ask .
12 . Change
Prevent getting caught out with unforeseen tolls or parking fees by keeping some change in the car .
13 . Ice scraper
You ’ ll need this to clear your windscreen and windows in winter .
14 . Blanket
If you ’ re caught out by unexpected rain and end up getting soaked , a spare blanket or towel is great for drying off or covering your car seat . It ’ s also great for impromptu picnics .