With winter just around the corner, it’s important to get your car ready for colder temperatures and frosty weather. Here are our top tips for you to follow to get ready for winter driving.
Get the car serviced
If your car is due a service, then don’t delay and book it with your local garage. Many garages offer “winter check-ups” too which would give you added peace of mind. At the service, the battery life, brakes, oil levels and light bulbs should be checked as well as adding anti-freeze added to the engine coolant.
Check your tyres
Good tyres are essential when driving on ice or snow. Regularly check your tyres to ensure that they are at the correct pressure and that there is sufficient tread depth. Although the legal minimum is 1.6mm, a tyre depth of over 3mm will give you better grip on the road during the winter months. Also consider changing from summer to winter tyres especially if you live or work in the hills.
Wash your car regularly
Not only is this important to protect your paintwork from salt damage and to keep your car looking good, washing your lights and windscreen is essential in the winter months so that you can see the road ahead clearly. Thoroughly clean your windscreen on the inside too.
Top up your screen washer
The roads are dirtier in the winter months so it is very important to be able to clean your windscreen while you are driving especially on the motorways and at night time. Check your screen wash level regularly and top it up with a quality screen wash additive which is effective to at least -15 degrees celsius.
Never let your fuel tank run low
Be prepared for the unexpected and make sure you always drive with at least a quarter tank of fuel. Should you have a breakdown or get stuck in a traffic jam, you may be very glad of the extra fuel to keep you warm.
Check your wiper blades
Wiper blades don’t last forever so examine them for splits and cracks. At the first sign of “wear and tear”, get them replaced as you will definitely need them to remove snow and sleet from your windscreen.
The most important thing is to be safe on the roads over the winter and don’t take any unnecessary risks on icy roads.