Winter is coming as you might be able to guess from the increase in darker days. A change in season means an inevitable change in weather.
The UK is notorious for being poorly equipped to deal with the changing weather in the winter months especially if it happens to snow. It can be a nightmare driving to or from work or doing the schools run. Preparation and service will be key to your journeys in the coming months.
Here are a few pre-checks you can do yourself to ensure that your winter travels don’t 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 jump cables in your boot in case you need a jump start.
Check and clean your lights:
Checking and cleaning your external lights regular 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.
Prep for long journeys:
Make sure you check your tyres are okay, 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 in making the decision as to whether or not to travel. During your journey, you can also use Car-Net or Skoda Connect to update yourself with the latest news, weather and alternative safer routes.
A winter car equipment kit:
It can’t hurt to be extra prepared, so put together a kit that can just sit there in the boot until your need it. The kit should include:
- A first aid kit
- A blanket
- Warm clothes.
- A torch.
- A high vis jackets
- A shove;
- A tow rope.
- 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.
The number one piece of advice though is to get your winter service booked in advance. It will start to get busy in the coming months and you will no doubt be focusing on the holiday season.
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. Our own winter health check includes a Visual Health Check, Fluid Top-ups and a winter car pack.