As we speed up towards the shortest day of the year, and the prospect of a more wintry outlook, it makes sense to consider if your car is ready and fit for purpose. Get your priorities right
At the very least, ensure you've completed all the regular checks of your vehicle before winter sets in. Check your car's oil level, coolant level, tyre pressures and lights.
Checking your anti-freeze before the temperature drops below zero, could help you avoid a major failure. If you're unsure how to check, your local dealership or garage will be only too happy to help.
Winter driving can put a real strain on you and your car, so just make sure that everything is in working order. After all, fixing something now may prevent you breaking down and being stranded on a cold, dark evening!Fitting Winter tyres?
In recent years, many car owners have chosen to fit Winter tyres when the bad weather sets in.
Winter tyres are specifically designed to cope with colder, wet, icy and snowy conditions and provide greatly improve braking distances once the temperature drops below 7°c, so in the UK between November and March.
Although you might consider this to be an added expense, while your Winter tyres are in use, your standard ones will not be wearing down, so each set will last for a longer period time.It's snowing!
When we do have inclement weather, drive with care.Don't accelerate or brake sharply in icy or snowy conditions and try to use the highest gear you can, as this aids grip and helps to avoid wheel spin. To drop your speed, slow down gently using your gears and don't brake suddenly. If you get stuck on ice, put an old rug or sheet of cardboard under the wheels to help them grip, and once you do so don't stop moving until you're clear of the icy patch.Better safe than sorry...
Keeping an emergency kit in your car at all times in case of accidents and breakdowns is very important but especially so during Winter, should you get stranded in severe weather. Replace any items used immediately and check the food and drink expiration dates regularly. Some items you might consider
- Warm clothing and suitable footwear for the winter
- Snow shovel or spade
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Torch with spare batteries
- Mobile phone and emergency mobile phone charger
- Jump leads
- High visibility jacket
- High energy food bars, snacks and drinks
- First aid kit