Time To Prepare Your Winter Driving Kit

Its4women.ie advises motorists carry emergency kits as the clocks fall back and the nights start to draw in

With the clocks going back a couple of weeks ago, signaling the onset of winter, its4women.ie has released figures that show the number of reported road accidents increase dramatically during these cooler and darker months.

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The figures reveal that when compared to the sunnier months of July - September, the number of accidents more than doubled during October - December last year, rising by 53.1%. In 2014 this number was even greater with a 69.6% increase.

Driving during the winter months creates a multitude of different challenges with more hours of darkness and poorer weather conditions. The team at Its4women.ie stress that motorists need to be more vigilant when on the roads and advise that every driver should carry a winter kit in the glove department or boot of their car for emergencies. This kit should include:

  • Hand warmer or gloves: To keep you cosy should you have to stop the vehicle or step outside
  • High energy food: To keep hunger at bay should you break down. Non-perishable, high energy snacks are the best options
  • Portable phone charger: Make sure you have emergency numbers (e.g. breakdown service provider) stored in your contacts list
  • Ice scraper or full can of De-Icer: To prevent frosty windscreens and windows, ensuring optimum visibility throughout your journey
  • Jump starter kit: To recharge a flat battery. Know exactly how to use it before you add it to your kit
  • Torch with spare batteries: Ensure that the torch shines bright enough to come in handy should you encounter difficulties at night

Not only is it important to prepare your winter kit, but all drivers should carry out basic vehicle checks before starting a journey and always check heating is in full working order.

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