The John Lewis and Coke-a-Cola Christmas adverts have arrived on our screens which can mean only one thing, Winter is officially here! To be fair, you have probably noticed this much sooner thanks in part to the drastic changes in the UK weather.
It does mean that now really is the perfect time to start thinking about the winter maintenance of your vehicle before the Christmas season really kicks into full gear.
We thought we would put together 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 to update yourself with the latest news, weather and alternative safer routes.
A winter car kit:
It can’t 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
• A blanket
• Warm clothes.
• A torch.
• 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.
The 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.
We are happy to provide a winter service and as an added extra with us, you will get a nice little gift pack that includes:
• Screen Wash
• Rubber care
• Free visual health check with report
• Complimentary wash and vacuum