Be prepared for your motor breaking down with our cash-saving tips


CAR breakdowns can drive us mad but having some top gear to hand can help you cope until help arrives.

I spoke to the motoring experts from, who revealed a selection of practical items you should always keep in your vehicle.

Be prepared for your motor breaking down with our cash-saving tips

Here’s how to stock your car before you set off . . . 

Reflective triangles and a high visibility jacket: A high-vis jacket can be a real life-saver, especially in wintry conditions, at night and when stuck on a hard shoulder.

My tip: You can nab a high-vis vest on for around £2.99 to wear over your coat — cheaper than a full high-vis jacket for £24.99 at Screwfix.


Mobile phone car charger: say: “The last thing you need is a dead phone battery when you need to call a recovery service, so always keep a portable phone charger in your car.”

My tip: As well as a charger, I always carry a portable power pack with me. I like the Mophie Juice Pack PowerStation, £8.99 on Groupon, usually £21.99.


Wind-up torch and fuel can: If you have to check under the car hood in the dark, you’ll struggle without a torch. Wind-up options are best as you won’t need batteries. has a Dynamo wind-up torch for £6.99, down from £13.99. Also keep an empty fuel can in case you run out on the road. You can walk to the nearest petrol station to fill it up. Wilko’s five-litre one is £4, compared with Halfords where they cost £5.50.

SAVING: £7 torch, £1.50 can

Blanket and map: say: “If it rains and you get soaked, a spare blanket or towel is great for drying off or covering your car seat. A paper map will also come in handy if you lose signal.”

I like Dunelm’s fleece throws for £6 — similar throws cost £12 at John Lewis. Get a folded road map of Britain from for £4.49.

SAVING: £6 on a blanket

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Deal of the day

This adorable Christmas sausage dog is only £25 at Asda

I AM obsessed with this year’s range of Christmas lights available at Asda. Check out this adorable sausage dog – it’s £25 online at

Cheap treat

A box of 160 Tetley original tea bags is only £2.82 at Co-op

HERE’S a cup winner. A box of 160 Tetley original tea bags is half price at The Co-op. Pop a box in your basket for £2.82, down from £5.65.

SAVE: £2.83

Top swap

The Daewoo Digital kettle is on offer for £24.99 at Robert Dyas
You could save yourself £5 by opting for this Ambiano kettle from Aldi

THIS Daewoo Digital kettle is on offer for £24.99 at But, you could order the Ambiano kettle from for £19.99.

SAVE: £5

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TESCO Christmas sandwiches have now landed in stores and there are some delicious flavours to choose from.

I like the brie and cranberry one, which is also available as part of the meal deal. For something even more seasonal, try the Finest turkey feast sandwich, £3.

Giselle’s little helper

LYLE’S is “Raising a Smile” through every purchase of its 454g tins of Golden Syrup.

With 20p from each limited-edition tin going directly to the Trussell Trust, the company will donate £40,000 from this initiative to support people who can’t afford food. Pick up the tins in major supermarkets.

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