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Your quick-check breakdown guide to get you through winter

Don’t be left in the cold this winter, our breakdown guide will help you be ready for any eventuality.

Don’t be left in the cold this winter.

Don’t be left in the cold this winter.

Winter brings with it less daylight, colder temperatures, fallen leaves, rain, ice and even snow – these colder months often cause car problems, and in the worst cases you may not be able to reach your destination. However, a bit of planning can make even the most unexpected breakdowns less aggravating. Here are some top tips so you’re always prepared:

  • Be covered before you need roadside assistance. For even the simplest journeys, it’s worth having breakdown cover, and it will prove to be worth every penny when help is only a call away. With a range of options, Arnold Clark gives you the freedom to choose the cover that best suits you.

  • Keep your phone charged. Buy an in-car charger or a powerbank, just in case you need to top up your battery.

  • Make sure you know the number of your emergency breakdown provider. Have the number stored somewhere easily accessible – save it in your phone contacts and keep a paper copy too. If you have breakdown cover with Arnold Clark, call us on 0800 783 8365.

  • Keep a roadmap in the glovebox. Despite technology providing us with a wealth of interactive sat navs and apps, you aren’t guaranteed signal and it may not work when you need it. A roadmap will give you a much needed back-up when you need to explain your exact location.

  • Keep warm clothes and a blanket in the car. If your car breaks down, it’s likely that you’ll need to leave the car and may have to stand out in the cold. If you break down on the motorway, it’s much safer to get out of the car and wait. With that in mind, a few extra layers could be very welcome.

  • Keep a high-vis vest and red warning triangle in the boot. On a busy road or in bad weather it can be difficult for other drivers to see you. Wearing a high-vis vest, putting on your car’s hazard lights and placing a warning triangle behind your car will help make other drivers aware of you.

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Jody Davison