Despite the difficult times we are all experiencing collectively, this winter checking your vehicle is set to become more important than ever. Ensuring that you are prepared for all your journeys in the coming few months will be pivotal to ensure that you are able to keep yourself on the road.
With this in mind, we have put together a short advice guide that includes a few checks you can do yourself to ensure that your winter travels do not turn into winter nightmares:
Check your battery:
The damp weather and cold temperature drops are likely to take their toll on your battery, making it harder for your engine to turn over. No one wants a dead car battery first thing in the morning when it’s dark and you just want to get to work. Test the battery with a home testing kit. Alternatively, get an expert to look at your engine for reassurance. A good tip would also be to ensure you have jumper cables in your boot in case you need a jump start.
Check and clean your lights:
Checking and cleaning your external lights regularly is a good way to ensure you are able to maximise your viewing conditions while driving. The additional bonus is that by doing this regularly you will be able to see if you have any problems with your lights or bulbs. If so, make sure to get them replaced as soon as possible. Wipe those windscreens: Over the coming months, you will have all sorts of dirt and debris land on your windscreen. Make sure you clean both inside and outside to ensure you have maximum visibility and top up your washer fluid. Check to make sure that your windscreen wipers are in top order too, you will be needing them a lot.
Prepare for long journeys:
Make sure you have some de-icer, a scraper, and antifreeze just in case. Check out the latest news and weather reports before leaving on your journey. It will help you in making a decision as to whether to travel or not. During your journey, you can also use in-car infotainment systems to update yourself with the latest news, weather, and alternative safer routes.
Check your tyres:
October is Tyre safety month but checking your tyres should be an all-year-round affair. Our partners at Tyre Safe put together this handy informational video to help you understand more about how important tyre checks are and why they matter:
A winter car-kit:
It cannot hurt to be extra prepared, so put together a kit that can just sit there in the boot until you need it. The kit should include:
- A first aid kit
- Spare face masks and hand sanitiser
- A blanket Warm clothes.
- A torch (and some spare batteries just in case)
- A high vis jackets A shovel Tow ropes.
- A few bottles of water
- A hazard warning triangle
Do make sure to check it regularly just in case and top up any extra you might need.
Our number one piece of advice though is to get your winter service booked in advance and take advantage of the offers and saving on hand. Having a qualified professional look over your vehicle can genuinely be lifesaving. It can give you that extra peace of mind knowing that there is nothing wrong with your car and ensure you are ready for winter coming.