Essential car kit

According to the Met Office, the winter of 2013 was warmer than average, but storms, flooding and gales all presented their own problems for motorists. So what can we expect from winter 2014? Like it or not, it's round the corner and whether we get a wet winter like last year, or a return to the freezing temperatures of 2011 and 2012, it's best to be well-equipped when you head out on the road.

Help reduce the risk of a break down and make sure you're prepared for the worst with our checklist of essential car kit.

Before you drive off

Taking the time to make a few quick checks before you set off on a journey will help ensure both you and your car are ready for whatever the road throws your way.

What to keep in the car

If you drive regularly then carrying a few useful items can help you be ready for anything, whatever time of year it is.

Winter essentials

As well as the items you should have in your car year-round, it's a good idea to pack a few extras before the cold weather hits. Create your car's winter survival kit with our checklist.

Don’t forget your car insurance

From Breakdown Cover to Windscreen repairs, John Lewis Car Insurance can cover you for a range of problems you could face this winter.And with our Comprehensive Cover, a free Courtesy Car for the duration of repairs means that if you have an accident you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re protected should the worst happen.