Winter is almost upon us! The time of year when temperatures begin to drop and your ice scraper becomes your best friend. Along with regular servicing to avoid unexpected breakdowns, we’ve rounded up our top 5 winter accessories to keep you warm and safe on the roads this winter.
Heated Seat Covers
Heated car seat covers are the perfect solution for any driver who has an older vehicle and knows the struggle of driving in the cold whilst their heating slowly kicks in. Remote controlled and with a number of heat settings, these covers plug into your car’s power outlet and are available from many online retailers at reasonable prices – be sure to unplug them when your engine isn’t running as to not drain your battery!
Anti Frost Windshield Cover
If you don’t have a garage available for your vehicle, chances are you spend part of your morning scraping ice off your windscreen. Many drivers cover their vehicle with a sheet of tarpaulin overnight but this can still leave the vehicle vulnerable to frost; as well as being impractical. Anti-frost windshield covers sit comfortably on your windshield, often secured with magnetic strips they are easy to use, cost effective, pack away easily and are available in most automobile stores.
Tip: If you do need to de-ice your windshield – never use boiling water!
USB Powered Heated Flask
For those that take a flask of coffee or tea for their winter journey, you may be tired of it getting cold before you remember to drink it. Now, there are flasks on the market that can be plugged into your cars power source to heat your drink up if you forget about it. The flask doesn’t have to be used in the car, they can be plugged into any plug or USB port. Available online these flasks can be picked up for around £10 – making them perfect gift!
Car Dehumidifier Bag
In this colder weather, you may find your vehicle steaming up a lot more often than usual, this happens when the moisture levels in your vehicle are colder than temperatures outside. Some people swear by filling a sock or pair of tights with cat litter and leaving it in their vehicle overnight, whilst this old trick does actually work, but to save having a pair of socks in your glovebox consider purchasing a car dehumidifier bag, these bags are filled with super absorbent silica meaning you can get rid of that demisting pad.
Tip: If you do find yourself with a misted windscreen and don’t have a solution to hand, try opening your windows for a short time – this will reduce the amount of water vapour inside your vehicle.
Iceplane Ice Scraper
You can’t go far wrong with an ice scraper – the iceplane, however, is one of the best-selling ice scrapers on the market, and the no.1 on Amazon. It’s twin blades are set at the optimum angle for best penetration of ice and it’s virgin UPVC blades won’t scratch your windscreen or windows. The iceplane has a soft grip handle, making it a more practical alternative to using a credit card and is available from Amazon for under £10.
Your Winter Emergency Checklist
Aside from these great gadgets, you should be aware of the dangers of driving in winter time – we recommend you have the following in your vehicle at all times:
- Spare antifreeze and extra screenwash
- In car phone charger
- First aid kit and personal medication
- Spare pair of sturdy footwear
- Shovel if you live in an area that has been hit with heavy snowfall
- Emergency reflective triangle
Stay Road Safe This Winter With Autocare
Vehicles are at a higher risk of breakdown throughout the colder months, before any journey in cold conditions you should check your tyre pressure and fluid levels. Ensuring your vehicle has regular servicing when necessary will reduce your chances of a breakdown dramatically.
If you want to book your vehicle in for servicing or have any questions regarding driving in colder weather – give us a call on 01291 627137 or get in touch here.