As we delve deeper into winter, our roads become more challenging, whether it’s wind, heavy rain or even snow.
Make sure your tyres have a good amount of tread and your car is properly maintained before you head out, particularly during a downpour or if it’s icy. Cold weather can cause tyres to lose pressure, batteries to charge more slowly and engine fluids like oil to thicken, which can make the car slower to warm up.
It’s also a good idea to prepare a winter car kit with jump leads, a reflective warning triangle, a blanket, a phone charger, a bottle of water and a torch to keep in your car.
As well as good preparation, keeping your car in good condition can be one of the best ways to prevent problems relating to the cold. For peace of mind book a winter health check with our expert technicians. They will check key components including lights, brakes, tyres, battery, cooling system and underbody to make sure your vehicle is winter-ready.
Top up your screen wash. This will help to keep your windscreen free of dirt, ice, and road salt.
Regularly check your engine coolant level and top-up if required. Coolant is a mixture of water and antifreeze, which is pumped around your engine. Only check this when the engine is cool otherwise you risk scalding yourself.
In winter, your windscreen can get very dirty from rain, snow, ice and road salt. You can check them by running your fingers across the blades to check for splits.
Tyre depth and air pressure.
Well-maintained tyres are essential to give you traction and grip on icy and wet surfaces. Your recommended tyre pressure can be found on the inside of your fuel cap.
In the cold, the battery has less ability to hold a charge and can rapidly show battery weakness. If you regularly use your car for short trips, it may be worth charging your battery at least once a week during the colder months.
Make sure your lights and indicators are all working properly and replace bulbs or fuses if required.