Guide to essential maintenance during the winter months
Winter is now here and Christmas is just around the corner, an unbelievable 77% of motorists do not check their car for repairs and maintenance for the winter months and long journeys. A massive 8.6 billion miles will be travelled on the UK roads over the festive season so take some time to do a winter car checklist.
Overlooking necessary car maintenance before travelling could result in dangerous driving and even breaking the law. Twenty five percent of UK drivers are ignoring the need to replace worn tyres. Check your tyres keep them in good condition and properly inflated, it is extremely important when roads are slippery and visibility poor. Your car engine is under greater stress during the cold weather to protect it keep your oil at the correct level. Check your windscreen wash, don’t run out and run the risk of dangerously poor vision on dark mornings and foggy days. Don’t use warm water to de-ice your windscreen use a proper scraper or de-icer. Hot water from the kettle could lead to a cracked windscreen, which could be costly.
Forty seven percent admit to failing to have windscreens chips repaired. Windscreen chips can be repaired in thirty minutes and can avoid windscreen replacement it is very cheap and sometimes can be covered on insurance.
Remember anti-freeze it is essential protection for your radiator in cold weather. If you wash your car regularly this will ensure you can always see on dark and icy mornings and will keep lights bright and clean.
It is highly advised to carry rescue equipment in the car throughout the winter this should include the following, high-energy food, plenty of water, a blanket and waterproof clothing, any medication you might need if you get stuck in your car for any length of time. A fully-charged mobile phone or money for a phone box, jump leads but follow instructions in your car manual for use, a tow rope, first aid kit and a bright torch with long life or spare batteries.