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Survival Kit

It is sensible for everyone to carry a basic survival kit in their vehicle, particularly if travelling far in the wintry conditions.

A basic survival kit should contain all of the following and is best stored in a cardboard box or a plastic crate which can be easily secured in the boot by “bungy” elasticated ties.

  • Torch – with spare batteries
  • Jump leads
  • Spare bulbs and fuses to fit the car
  • Nylon tow rope with red or fluorescent flag
  • Small shovel
  • Wellingtons
  • Spare socks
  • waterproof jacket
  • A blanket
  • Emergency windscreen kit
  • Spare belts for the fan and other ancillaries
  • A hose repair kit and clips in various sizes
  • A folding warning triangle
  • Sheet of heavy gauge polythene approx 6’x 6′
  • First aid kit
  • A small tool kit for basic repairs
  • Small funnel and aprox 2 feet of rubber hose
  • Tube of hand cleaning cream and an old towel
  • Small wrecking bar or ” jemmy “.
  • Small petrol can – preferably the explosion resistant type and containing only a half gallon of petrol
  • A good, fully illustrated, makers’ handbook for the car

All of the above are obtainable from any good car accessory shop or a camping shop, all could, in the worst conditions save your life.

Article © Graham Benge 2007

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