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boisdevie



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:28 am    Post subject: Emergency supplies for car. Reply with quote

My partner unfortunately has to do a lot of driving in rural areas and I'm putting together a set of emergency supplies for her car in case of breakdown/stranding

What you you have? Here's my embryonic list:

Headtorch and spare batteries
Water
Sleeping bag
Baby wipes
Loo paper
Shewee
Spare warm clothes
Cereal bars
Tinned fruit
Food that you can eat cold
Thermarest mat
Knife, fork, spoon
Towrope
Lighter
Comfy walking shoes
Waterproofs
Basic first aid supplies
Cash
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good, I would consider adding

A torch and spare batteries, the head torch is good but I would not want to be totally reliant on only 1 source of light.
Glow sticks, totally safe light if petrol is spilt or leaking.

A radio and spare batteries to listen to news if the car radio be defective or the battery discharged.

A blanket in addition to the sleeping bag, wool is best but any blanket is better than none.

If space and money permits, consider a Bardic hand lamp as used on the railway, instead of a standard torch. These lamps give red, green, yellow, or white light.
The red is very useful if placed on the road some distance in rear of an accident or breakdown so as to warn approaching vehicles.

Finally replace the supplied bulb in the interior light with an LED alternative, the much reduced electricity use permits of 24 hours operation without excessive battery discharge.
Alternatively, consider a bright but low powered LED lights that plugs in.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Hi viz vest, a folding snow shovel
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vtsnowedin



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jumper cables and instructions on how to use them.
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Catweazle



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Warning triangle, small jar of sharp sand ( you'd be amazed what a difference a little bit of sand makes if you are stuck on ice ).
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vtsnowedin



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catweazle wrote:
Warning triangle, small jar of sharp sand ( you'd be amazed what a difference a little bit of sand makes if you are stuck on ice ).

Had to laugh at that one as living in Vermont I would not be the least bit amazed. The town road crew has 4000 cubic yards of sand stockpiled for the coming winter.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A hand axe. Many possible uses.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spare wheel/tyre-weld and a pump, engine oil, a rope, a basic but complete mechanic's toolkit, bag of sand/hessian sacking

Before everything else, you need the stuff that keeps your car on the move in the event of it breaking down.
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vtsnowedin



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little John wrote:
Spare wheel/tyre-weld and a pump, engine oil, a rope, a basic but complete mechanic's toolkit, bag of sand/hessian sacking

Before everything else, you need the stuff that keeps your car on the move in the event of it breaking down.

That would vary a lot with the age and condition of the vehicle. One in good condition that doesn't consume crankcase oil, transmission fluid or coolant between oil changes would need only a spare bottle of windshield washer fluid.
If your running the junk of the month with 200K plus on the odometer then some of everything will be handy as long as the operator knows what goes in where. Having a sample of the proper fluids in the trunk helps a new driver know what to buy without pawing through the owners manual.
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Little John



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha

I've given the game away. I drive old bangers. I always have one parked up off-road that is being made good and one on the road. When the one on the road gives up the ghost, I scrap it and replace with the one in storage. Then get another one for storage that might need some work doing on it to get it to roadworthiness. Most of the parts come from the breaker's yard and so this proves to be an extremely cheap form of motoring for me. It is also pretty reliable cos I am never pushed to repair one in a hurry being my only car.

On top of all of the above, it's just about the greenest form of motoring there is because everything has already been produced and gone through a normal lifespan.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My van is 18 years old, 228k. Car is 20 years old 225k.

Spare wheel is the only option for punctures. A sidewall torn out will not be fixed by bottles, or even buckets, of gloop.
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sam_uk



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RAC membership card?!
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Little John



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. Got one of those as well. A good deal at 60 quid a year for basic breakdown cover. A bad deal if you need towing anywhere over a few miles as they charge you extra for that.
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Potemkin Villager



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A folding bicycle? Mind you at the present rate a trailer will soon be required!
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mr brightside



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, time out! So according to Powerswitchers, the internet's most resourceful and resilient bunch of old sages, you need all of this clobber just to drive in the sticks on your own:

Headtorch and spare batteries
Water
Sleeping bag
Baby wipes
Loo paper
Shewee
Spare warm clothes
Cereal bars
Tinned fruit
Food that you can eat cold
Thermarest mat
Knife, fork, spoon
Towrope
Lighter
Comfy walking shoes
Waterproofs
Basic first aid supplies
Cash
A torch and spare batteries
A radio and spare batteries
A blanket in addition to the sleeping bag
Bardic hand lamp
A Hi viz vest
a folding snow shovel
A Hi viz vest
a folding snow shovel
Warning triangle
small jar of sharp sand
A hand axe
Spare wheel/tyre-weld and a pump
engine oil
a rope
a basic but complete mechanic's toolkit
bag of sand
hessian sacking
RAC membership card?!
A folding bicycle?

Apart from the obvious problem of where we're putting all this junk, i don't think there's any need to be so risk averse. I'd stop at a waterproof (with taped seams) and an OS map. The vehicle will protect you from exposure, not that it's much of a risk 8 months of the year unless you're on Hardknott Pass; and you can walk briskly for 1.5-2hrs on an empty stomach which should be more than enough to see you to the nearest civilisation. I'd swap all the Powerswitch kitbox for a well maintained vehicle.
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