Anyone who’s experienced their car breaking down or had a flat tyre in the middle of the motorway, knows just how stressful it can be especially if you need to wait hours for a recovery team. But, by keeping your car fully stocked with practical supplies you can speed the process up a little and make yourself feel more comfortable. To learn about the key items you may need, carry on reading.

Phone book

If your phone is out of charge and you don’t have any numbers written down you’ll probably go into panic mode- of course there are phone points along the motorway but in many situations you may have to borrow a phone. It’s a good idea to keep a list of important contact numbers and details in your glove compartment, that way you or any of your passengers can contact them. You’ll also be able to let your loved ones know where you are what’s going on.


When travelling on a long journey, particularly one that requires the use of unusual routes, it’s always worth keeping a few non-perishable snacks in your car. Items such as energy bars, crackers, dried fruit and crisps will keep you going while you wait for help.


British weather is unpredictable and if you break down during the night, the temperature will drop. Store a blanket or two in your boot to keep yourself warm, especially if you’re traveling with children.


If you break down in the dark, relying on your phone’s torch will only drain the battery quicker. Instead, keep a handheld torch in your car so you can assess any punctured tyres or check under the bonnet safely. It’s also important to regularly check the batteries and keep a spare set with the torch, or simply invest in a wind-up one.


If you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere with no recognisable landmarks or signs, you’re gonna have a hard time explaining your location to your breakdown service. Rural areas may have bad signal so google maps are out of the question, however, if you have a rough idea of where you are use a road map to help pinpoint where you are.

For emergency breakdown recovery in Longton and Stoke-on-Trent, Adderley Green Garage are the people you need to call. Our expert team will come to your location with the aim of repairing your vehicle there and then, if this isn’t possible we’ll tow your car to our nearby garage and use the latest diagnostic system to locate the problem. For a quick and professional service, contact Adderley Green Garage today and get your car back on the road safely.