Car blankets are the best. Also known as ‘travel rugs, their versatility means they can cover interior upholstery, protecting it from spills and pet hair. What’s more, in the event of a breakdown, they can offer much needed protection from the cold, while you and your passengers wait it out.
As the stormy weather abounds, far more motorists are becoming conscious of potentially being stranded in their cars. Whipping winds, lashing rain or snow, or worse still golf ball-sized hailstones, are rarely fun; less so, if your car has broken down and you’re waiting for help to arrive.
The best kinds of blankets to keep in the car are fabric, with an element of waterproof. That said, it’s tough to combine comfort and warmth with waterproofing materials, so it may also be worth keeping a carrier bag that a wet blanket can be shoved into once you’re back on the road.
The best car blankets
SoChow Flannel Fleece blanket
This self-titled u2018All Seasonsu2019 blanket from SoChow comes in a range of colours to coordinate with your motoru2019s own interior. Itu2019s also available in 1.5-metre and 2-metre sizes, which vary the price by a mere £4. Itu2019s lightweight and claims to not fade or shed, the latter of which could be frustrating to some drivers.
Tvirrd heated car blanket
Granted, this one kind of needs you to sit in the car, as it plugs into the 12V port. However, itu2019s probably our favourite on the list, just for being heated. Getting to temperature in around three minutes, can you imagine how snuggly and life-affirming that would feel if you got stranded on a cold, wet road in the dark? Bliss. Itu2019s checkered design helps hide a multitude of marks, too.
AA Travel blanket
Just like the throws you keep on your sofa, this fleecy effort from the AA is one and a half metres long; good for all sized humans. Itu2019s 100% polyester and the synthetic fibres are great at maintaining warmth. Featuring a striped pattern, itu2019s a practical colour and rolls up small enough to be considered compact.
SoChow Sherpa Fleece Blanket
This double-sided blanket from SoChow is so cosy, youu2019d be forgiven for not wanting to leave it in the car. With a checkered fleece material on one side, the SoChow Sherpa Blanket features thick white Sherpa on the other side. Practicality is part of the deal too. Itu2019s stain-resistant and machine washable, so you neednu2019t fret about slops, spills or muddy terrain. Again, thereu2019s a choice of colours and sizes.
The Present Store Woolen Blanket
For the more environmentally conscious motorists (EV drivers, weu2019re looking at you), this gorgeous woolen rug from The Present Store will appeal. Itu2019s made from recycled British wool. The company manufactures them in Wales and although the purchase is a random colour pick, you can email the company and request particular colours, which theyu2019ll try and fulfil on.
Syncu2019T Outdoor Blanket
Ok, so this affordably priced pick isnu2019t technically a blanket you put around your shoulders, but we recognise that some of you might wish to sit on a blanket to avoid getting cold. This smart choice from Syncu2019T features a soft checkered fleece on one side and a waterproof membrane on the other. Usually used for picnics or beach activities, it rolls up into itself, fastens with velcro and has a handle for convenience.