Thankfully I have never broken down and I really hope I never do. I see people on the side of the road waiting for the emergency services to come to their rescue and generally its always pouring down with rain and they always looked really cold and annoyed. We have breakdown cover on both of our cars and so hopefully if anything did ever happen then I would just place a quick call to them and hope they would come to get me sometime that day. I've been told to say I'm a woman on my own with two small kids and hopefully they will come to your aid quicker but who knows.
My husband is still quite anal though, well prepared he likes to call it, and has kitted out both of our cars with this breakdown kit. We have one for each car because wouldn't it just be our luck that we broke down in the car that didn't have the kit and then we would think, gosh, I wish we had bought a breakdown kit for this car too. As you will note I've never broken down so I've never actually used the items in this kit but I have been shown how they all work and made sure they are all in good working order so I feel confident in being able to tell you exactly what is in the kit and how it can be used.
There are a few essentials that you should always carry in your car with you in case of a breakdown and this kit contains quite a few of them. The kit comes in a canvas bag with a zip which is nice as you can just keep everything in this bag and store the bag in the boot of your car and not have to worry about it. Then if you do ever need it you know all the items will be in that bag. The bag comes with a high visibility vest, a hazard warning triangle, a torch, a car hammer and some cotton gloves with grips on them.
A high visibility vest is a great idea. Its a good idea to wear it if you need to get out of your car if you are broken down at the side of the road, that way people can spot you more easily than if you didn't have anything on and possibly avoid you if they are driving badly.
A warning triangle in my opinion is essential. If you are broken down on the side of the road and its a bit of a scary road or not a straight road you can put this sign up a ways down the road before you get to the car to warn people that there is a broken down car in the road.
The rest of the items are pretty self explanatory but its a good idea to make sure that you keep proper working batteries in the torch and test them from time to time to make sure they haven't corroded. Other items that are worth having in the back of your car include jump leads, tow ropes a fuel can and a map, lets just hope you never have to use any of them. The kit costs £25 and can be purchased in Halfords.