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18 essentials for your car to help keep your driving drama free

13:06 08 February 2016

Wilco has produced 18 essential tips to help motorists enjoy a drama-free drive

Wilco has produced 18 essential tips to help motorists enjoy a drama-free drive

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While driving is mostly a drama-free experience, it’s important to be prepared if things go wrong. We’re not suggesting you jam-pack your car as if it’s the end of the world, but by keeping these few items handy, you could save yourself a lot of hassle.

• Tyre pressure gauge – vital for general car maintenance. Tyre pressures should be checked regularly as underinflated tyres can effect fuel efficiency and tyre handling.

• WD-40 – most cars come with a car jack and spare tyre (make sure you keep this one inflated!), but they’re useless if you can’t get the wheel nuts moving.

• Puncture repair kit or tyre sealant – these can provide a short-term fix for a small leak.

• Duct tape – incredibly versatile and a stop-gap solution for a whole host of problems.

• Jump leads – avoid being stranded with a dead battery. Make sure you get a decent length set.

• Torch – endlessly useful inside and out of your vehicle. Don’t forget the batteries!

• Car manual – it may have been ignored since you bought the car, but it’s worth keeping in the glove compartment (along with spare change).

• Gloves – speaking of glove compartments, they’re a really good place to store a durable pair! You could be touching hot engine parts, greasy car parts or get stuck out in the cold.

• First aid kit – ensure you replenish anything you use.

• Water bottles and a chocolate bar – don’t add dehydration and low energy levels to your worries in a break down. Plus if your screen wash bottle runs out it’s vital in poor weather conditions.

• Hi-Vis Jacket and Reflective triangle – stay visible to oncoming traffic when stuck roadside.

• Spare coolant, oil and windshield-washer fluid – yes, you’re supposed to check them regularly, but do you? Don’t get caught out.

• Spare bulbs – it is a legal requirement that all your lights are in full working order – so don’t get left in the dark.

• Phone charger – one that works off your cigarette lighter or an old, fully-charged phone kept switched off, in case both car and current phone battery fail you.

And, if you’re heading out in the cold…

• De-icer – to save agonising minutes battling with your…

• Ice scraper – it’s so much better than using your credit card to clear your windscreen.

• Blanket/warm coat – if you get stuck out in freezing conditions, the temperature inside your previously toasty car can drop rapidly.

Wilco Motor Spares have all the essentials you need. Visit your local store today and find out more here

• This article has been sponsored by Wilco.

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