AA 5618 Breakdown and Safety Kit Plus @ Amazon for £26.54
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AA 5618 Breakdown and Safety Kit Plus @ Amazon for £26.54

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Found 9th Dec 2017
Product Description

The AA Breakdown & Safety Kit PLUS from the experts at the AA includes essential motoring products so that you are fully prepared in the case of any unexpected events on the road. The kit is conveniently packed in a canvas style zipped bag which is ideal for storing in the boot of your vehicle.

The kit also includes the AA Mini Tyre Inflator which is compact and convenient to store in your car to maintain tyre pressures. It plugs into the cigarette lighter socket and pumps up to maximum pressure of 80psi, also included are two adaptors for bicycle tyres or other inflatables such as camping beds.

All of the items can be neatly stored in the boot of your car, or carried around, using the AA branded, canvas style carry bag.


Kit contents:

Hazard Warning Triangle - Essential for roadside or emergency breakdown situations. Easy-to-use and highly reflective. EU standard ECE R27 approved.

Reflective Emergency Jacket - EU standard BS EN ISO 20471:2013 approved. It is now compulsory in many European countries for visiting motorists to carry refelective jackets when driving abroad.

Tow Rope - 2 tonne load with storage pouch. BS AU 187:2000 approved.

9 LED Torch - Super bright with durable aluminium case. Batteries included.

Emergency Car Hammer - for breaking glass windows in emergencies, comes with seatbelt cutter.

Booster Cables - for vehicles up to 2500cc, fully insulated, 3 metre length.

Mini Tyre Inflator - includes PSI, BAR and KPA readings, with flexible air hose, 3m power cord and handy LED light.

Canvas Carry Bag - Handy storage bag to keep all of the kit items neatly in your vehicle.


Box Contains

1 x Hazard Warning Triangle (ECE R27)
1 x Refective Emergency Jacket (EN ISO 20471:2013)
1 x 2-Tonne Tow Rope (BS AU 187:2000)
1 x 9-LED Torch
1 x Emergency Car Hammer with Seatbelt Cutter
1 x 3m Booster Cables (for vehicles up to 2500cc)
1 x Mini Tyre Inflator (PSI, BAR, KPI, 3m cord, adapters for inflatables)
1 x Zipped Carry Bag


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Heat from me and a great post. The more people with safety kits in the car the better.
Do they not do the breakdown kit on it's own? I have relatives and friends with German cars, would be the perfect gift.
Good to have just in case. And as it says the triangle is required by law in some countries.

I dont have this kit but I keep some of what it includes in the boot at all times. The triangle, jumper leads, high vis, torch and until recently tow rope.

I dont have an electric pump in my car but i have a spare tire and jack. I think the pump is more for topping off at home. In the event of multiple punctures you would need to repair the puncture anyway at which point it is time to call the recovery services. Alternatively you can replace one tire and use one of those spray repair cans on another. They can be used to seal punctures AND inflate the same tire allowing you to drive to safety/a garage, making the pump superfluous.

The heaviest thing in the boot is the jumper cables (and tow rope when I had it). Both would be provided by your breakdown / recovery services in an emergency. However if you've just left your lights on while shopping or overnight and find your battery flat when you get in, the cable is nice to have to ask a neighbour or other motorist to give you a jump.

OMG but I'm British!

I know. I feel your pain, I do. I too would rather call work and feign sickness than ask a stranger for assistance. But you have the choice (I mean, not really).


The tow rope isn't something I see myself using. If I need to be towed anywhere I'm calling my breakdown cover and they have tow rope, batteries, lights and all manner of other equipment to make the recovery safe and less hassle. In that instance I don't need to provide anything for them, just gear to keep myself and my family warm and visible. When I had an older car that needed constant assistance, the tow rope made sense, now, not so much.

If you do break down then as long as it is safe to do so you are supposed to move away from the car to await recovery. This makes sense, if the car - now an obstacle for traffic - gets hit so do you. So breakdown often means facing the elements. If it is summer then great. British summer.. not so much. Anything else see below.

I also keep several small ponchos, at least one blanket and additional reflective shoulder and waist straps for passengers in case of an emergency. The ponchos are disposable and 3 together take up less space than a paperback in the boot, they're also clear so the high vis stuff can be seen through them. The reflective bands are the same cyclists use and take up little space but give peace of mind. The blanket is a blanket. It does blanket things.

I broke down in January on a busy A road with no battery for hazards, or phone to call the police or rescue services. It was unpleasant. Do not expect people to stop and help you during rush hour in the middle of winter. They might, but most don't. In my experience.

Unless you flag them down.

But again. British. You understand.

2 hours in the freezing wet dark with nothing but my high vis clad body, a torch and a tiny red triangle to warn oncoming rush hour traffic that my car is blocking one of two lanes on a roundabout exit is nothing compared to speaking to a stranger.

Unlit road btw.



I recommend keeping the above as a minimum if you are expecting harsh weather.
It sounds like a lot to be carrying around but the reality is, only the coat and jumper cables take up any space.

I dont think any of this is optional personally. I would rather have a safety net in case of emergency than not. And if we are going to be stuck on the hard shoulder awaiting recovery (even knowing it is on the way) this is the minimum I would want for myself and family.

A quick note on the single coat. Im not heartless; my children always have coats 'just in case' so the ponchos are enough. However if there is a problem i know they will be safely tucked up under plastic and blankets snug in their coats while im left in the rain waiting to speak to the recovery guy or trying to get to a phone (assuming no service or we have to use one of those motorway boxes).

So I get a thick coat.

Because no blanket for me.
Edited by: "distracted247" 9th Dec 2017
The experts at AA are presumably the marketing people responsible for selling their brand to anyone willing to pay for it. Not sure about AA stuff, but RAC-branded stuff is usually shocking quality - cheap rubbish from China that someone's paid to have the RAC logo printed on it.

I doubt that a set of jump cables are gong to be much cop in a set of this size and price. For jump cables to work they need to be thick, and either solid copper or copper-coated aluminium.

I'd disagree that the tow-rope is pointless. There are situations where you might find your drive wheels stuck in mud or snow where a quick tow from a friend or passer-by will save you from a 3-hour wait for the rescue service. Have to know where your tow hook is stored, though, as most are removable these days.
Dodge6223 m ago

The experts at AA are presumably the marketing people responsible for …The experts at AA are presumably the marketing people responsible for selling their brand to anyone willing to pay for it. Not sure about AA stuff, but RAC-branded stuff is usually shocking quality - cheap rubbish from China that someone's paid to have the RAC logo printed on it.I doubt that a set of jump cables are gong to be much cop in a set of this size and price. For jump cables to work they need to be thick, and either solid copper or copper-coated aluminium.I'd disagree that the tow-rope is pointless. There are situations where you might find your drive wheels stuck in mud or snow where a quick tow from a friend or passer-by will save you from a 3-hour wait for the rescue service. Have to know where your tow hook is stored, though, as most are removable these days.


Agreed on the jumper cables. Mine are very thick and heavy duty (they also weigh a ton), I've seen others that look like Christmas lights.



I can't see anyone else mentioning the tow rope so I assume you are referring to my post.

I never said it is pointless.

My post was designed to help, not misinform.

I simply said in my case, for me personally it is not required. I certainly do not consider a tow rope pointless. It simply isn't required for my daily use and therefore doesn't have a place in what I consider my 'always leave it in the car' kit.

I could have elaborated and explained that I don't go off road or camping anymore but as you can see the post was already a monster in size.

Granted, if I were going camping, off road, out in snowy weather etc then I would consider adding it. Just as I would consider other gear depending on what I might need. But day to day, for me, it just isn't required.

Unfortunatley when we had an old VW camper it was a part of the everyday kit.
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