Back in September we gave you some tips for driving in autumn, and whilst we aren't in winter YET; the dark nights are here and the bad weather is heading our way. So we have come up with a few tips for winter driving, as well as check list of what you should consider having in your car for the worst case situations where you may break down this winter.
Firstly check you battery level. Check that it is working fine and if you haven't used your car for a while consider charging it up. A flat battery is the leading cause for breakdown call outs, don't be amongst that number; be prepared. If you are a member of one of our executive clubs you will receive discounts on batteries, if not join up on our website.
Next check your tyres. Make sure they are in safe driving condition. Look out for any slits or bulges and check tread and tyre pressure. This is not only for safety (and legal) reasons but will also save you money on fuel.
Thirdly make sure your screen wash is not only topped up but of the correct concentration for the temperature outside, otherwise it will freeze. Screen wash is needed more in the winter due to poor weather and grit on the roads for the ice. Make sure you have some spare in your car to ensure you never run out.
Wiper blades, like screen wash need to be checked. They will need to be in good working order to prevent smearing. Also when you turn your engine off for the evening make sure that you turn your wipers off as leaving them on will make them start up the following morning; if it was icy during the night, the wipers could have frozen to the windscreen and therefore could break when you start up in the morning.
We offer a free health check to our customers, so make sure you book in today by calling;
02392 354848 and speak directly to one of the team.
Handy Checklist for your car this winter
- Ice Scraper
- Spare batteries for torch
- Blankets and warm clothing
- First aid kit
- Jump leads
- Reflective warning sign
- Hi vis jacket
- Food and water
It is better to be safe and prepared than sorry and under prepared.