The cold weather doesn’t just make us want to hide away under our duvet , our cars feel the strain too! Follow our simple tips to help minimise the chance of your vehicle breaking down during a cold winter.
Winter Driving Tips – Carry out some car maintenance
It goes without saying that you should keep your car maintained at all times, but it’s especially important in the winter. Using your vehicle handbook, check the battery, as they can often fail during cold spells. Also, take a look at your tyres. If they have very little tread, ensure that you get them replaced (the legal minimum tread is 1.6mm). Don’t forget to have a general look at the condition of the tyres, just in case there’s any damage such as a split. If you can afford it, then get a set of winter tyres. Also, pay attention the liquids such as antifreeze and screen wash and top them up, if necessary. Finally, take a look at your windscreen and wiper blades to ensure they’re in good condition.
Winter Driving Tips – Be Prepared For The Worst
Take five minutes before your journey to ensure you have everything you need, should you breakdown. Think about packing the following :–
- De-icer and a scraper
- Warning triangle
- Atlas, map or sat-nav
- Something to eat and drink
- Torch (including spare batteries)
- First aid kit
- Jump leads
Before every journey, ensure that your mobile phone is fully charged and if you have an in car charger, then be sure to take this with you.