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Drivers should prepare 5 essential things for their car before going out in sub-zero temperatures this week

Motorists have been urged to pack their cars with five winter essentials before hitting the road in this week’s sub-zero temperatures.

A new ‘snow bomb’ in the coming days is certain to cause dangerous road conditions, with slippery black ice increasing the risk of skidding and accidents.

Britons are preparing for an arctic explosion set to bring temperatures down

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The Met Office has warned that the cold blast will lead to bone-chilling temperatures below -10 over the next few days.

And the drivers in Scotland and northern England have been warned of ice and snow on the roads.

Driving experts warn that it’s important to prepare your car for the winter before the worst of the weather hits.

AA has shared this chilling must-have list when traveling in adverse weather is absolutely essential.

In the event of an incident, drivers are required to bring a fully charged cell phone to call for help.

A pitcher for hot drinks is another must-have to combat the cold when standing still – while a torch can be used to help tell the time of day, which is still on the shorter side.

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Meanwhile, in the event of an unfortunate skid sending them off the road, a shovel is needed to ensure the driver can free the vehicle if it gets stuck in the snow.

The insurer also recommends that drivers “completely de-ice” their vehicles before departure – including removing snow from windows, lights and roofs to help improve visibility.

AA spokesman Tony Rich told The Sun: “Before setting off, it’s important to completely de-icing the vehicle, including removing snow from the windows, lights and roof so you can see it. and be seen.

“You should also pack winter essentials in your car such as a waterproof cover, a kettle, a shovel, a flashlight, a fully charged mobile phone and a hot drink bottle.

“If you must move, reduce your speed to deal with conditions and leave plenty of room behind other vehicles.

“Take some extra time, as your journey will probably be longer than usual and make sure you have plenty of fuel/charger if you’re driving an EV (Electric Vehicle).”

Meanwhile, RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams added: “Winter is the deadliest time of year for drivers.

“A good set of tires is essential to keep the best possible grip, but slowing down to suit the conditions is also important.

“Black ice is probably the most dangerous of all the conditions because drivers don’t realize they’re on it until it’s too late. Going on a slide is scary beyond belief.

“While it’s good to know that you should be on the slopes, it’s a lot harder to do that when you need to, especially if it’s never happened to you before.

“When driving on snow, you should slow down but try to be in the highest gear possible as this helps reduce wheel spin.”

Motorists have also been warned to avoid ice patches and slippery road surfaces by ensuring that their tires are in tip shape.

Here are seven of Sun Motors’ top tips to stay on track when winter weather is bad on the road.

And keep an eye out for important road law changes in 2022 – or face fines of up to £10,000.

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