Eight essential items to keep in your car at all times

Plenty of us load our boots up with all manner of useful items in the winter time – terrified of being stranded on an icy road or in a rogue snowdrift. But as soon as the weather warms back up, it's out with the sturdy shoes and ice scrapers in a bid to keep our cars as minimalist as a trendy apartment.

But that's not necessarily the wisest move. Disaster can strike year round, and so motoring organisation IAM Roadsmart has come up with a list of eight things you should always keep in your car regardless of the time of year.