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How can I get my ... car started?

As the first cold snaps start, we ask how to keep cars on the move

Royal Automobile Club (0800 550 550). The RAC's cold-cure tips include making sure that the correct strength anti-freeze is put in radiators - extra glycol-based anti-freeze will boost levels to those recommended in manufacturers' handbooks. Check fan belt condition and batteries, the biggest starting problem. People without garages should park close to a building for extra shelter, and keep a wet-start spray handy, along with de-icer spray, scraper and a torch, jump leads and tow rope. RAC membership costs from pounds 29.

Halfords (head office 01527 517601). Halfords offers the following tips: check batteries are in good working order. The chain is offering up to 20 per cent off last year's prices on Lucas batteries with two or three year guarantees. Check electrics - fuses, lights, wipers and heated windows. Don't forget to top up anti-freeze in the car radiator to prevent cracked pipes, from pounds 2.49 for 1 litre. Keep a stock of de-icer, from 79p for 250ml. A Halfords Christmas traveller's emergency kit contains booster cables, disposable gloves, moisture disbursement and rubber torch for pounds 9.99.

Seattle Coffee Co mug, pounds 5.99

Forget Filofaxes and mobile phones, the ultimate accessory for those on the go is a Seattle style travel mug. The hole in the lid enables you to drink while you walk, bus, or drive to work, without risking the pain of pouring hot coffee down your front. Mugs come with a free coffee, and you get a 10 per cent discount off every drink you order if you turn up clutching this natty piece of reusable packaging. From the Seattle Coffee Co, 51-54 Long Acre, London W1.

Dennis the Menace cereal, pounds 1.39

There is a rule at breakfast which says the more revolting a cereal seems to parents, the more children will demand it. Dennis the Menace Strawberry Jammees are the exceptions that prove the rule. Three junior testers were instantly suspicious of the pink and grey shapes tipped into their bowls. "Urgh," said one three year old, "they look like dog biscuits." And they tasted worse. After one spoonful, no amount of persuasion involving the nutritional value of six added vitamins and iron could overcome our testers central aversion to the concept of mixing strawberry jam with milk.

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