When you get in your vehicle to drive somewhere, you generally assume you’ll have no problems. Whilst most of the time this is true, it pays to be prepared for the rare occasion that things do go wrong. Here’s a checklist of the essential items LB Recovery’s team keep in their vehicles for when things don’t go to plan, plus a few winter essentials:
Always in our car
- Hi-viz jacket or vest – when you break down, other vehicles are your biggest risk. Make sure you can be seen!
- Warning triangle – essential to alert other drivers of the danger ahead – but never use one on a motorway!
- Spare bulbs and fuses – even if you don’t know how to replace them, LB Recovery do. They could be just what is needed to get you moving again.
- A spare tyre/tyre inflation kit and a jack – even if you don’t know how to replace or inflate a wheel, LB Recovery do.
- A mobile phone and charger – so you can call LB Recovery on 07947 846 119 to come and help you.
- A first aid kit – no explanation needed, surely!
- A sealed 2 litre bottle of water – to drink or top up your windscreen washer bottle or radiator, in an emergency.
- Snacks – a few snacks to keep energy and morale high when waiting by the side of the road. Mints, sweets and cereal bars are perfect. Crisps and chocolate less so as they get crushed or melt.
- A road atlas – even if you have a satnav or google-maps, a road atlas can be really useful if your car develops a fault. Kids often love them too (although it wont stop the “are we nearly there yet?” questions).
- Money – old fashioned, yes, but an assortment of coins and a few notes are handy for car park, tolls, phone boxes and treats (especially in rural areas).
- Waterproof coats and an umbrella – to keep you dry whilst you wait outside your vehicle if you break down, obviously!
- LB Recovery’s phone number (07947 846 119) – so you can call us to come and help you.
- Your insurance details – handy to have available but we hope you’ll never need them.
And what we add in winter:
- Warm clothes – a jacket or waterproof, to protect you from the elements if you have to wait by the side of the road.
- Boots or strong shoes – in case you have to trek through rain, mud or snow.
- A torch with fresh batteries – yes, your phone has a torch, but you’ll really want the battery for calls and texts and to update social media that LG Recovery are on their way to save you!
- A shovel – if snow is forecast, a shovel can be the difference between being stuck and getting moving again (if you don’t know how to use one, use “Money” and “Snacks” (above) to get someone to help).