How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Weather
Top Tips On Getting Your Car Ready For The Cold
With the cold weather setting in and freezing temperatures waiting for us every morning, it’s time for you to get your car ready for the winter weather.
Make Sure Everything Works
The first thing you need to do is make sure everything is working. Check your bulbs, check that your windscreen wipers are doing their job properly, and also make sure that your battery isn’t on the way out - you can do this by checking that the battery terminals are tight and not corroded.
You also need to check under the bonnet. Make sure the level of the coolant is correct and if it isn’t you will need to top it up with a mixture of water and antifreeze solution. This should be changed every two to three years, so if you can’t remember the last time it was changed it might need doing. Make sure you’ve got enough screen wash too and top it up if you’re running low.
Prepare Your Car For The Cold Weather
Use WD40 to stop locks and mechanisms freezing, replace your windscreen wipers or give them a good clean, and also give the car a clean and wax to help protect the car in the harsh winter weather.
Be Prepared For Icy Windows
Make sure you’re not caught out in the morning, have a bottle of de-icer on hand for those frosty morning and ensure you have a good quality ice scraper to make your job easier. Under no circumstances should you leave your car unattended with the key in the ignition. This is a great way to get your vehicle stolen and is against the law. It would also result in your insurance being invalid, and rejection of any claim leaving you to have to replace it at your own cost.
If you’re constantly driving on icy roads, it might be worth investing in some good winter tyres. If you feel that the area you drive in doesn’t warrant winter tyres you should still check your current tyres are fit for purpose. A minimum depth of 3mm is recommended for winter driving.
Winter Emergency Kit
Even if you’ve checked everything, prepared your car for the winter weather and even put on winter tyres it’s still advisable to make sure you’ve got a winter emergency kit in your car. This should include, food & water, warm clothes, a shovel, first aid kit, tow rope, torch, mobile phone charger, hi-visibility vest and hazard warning triangle will all be very helpful in the event you get stuck in snow.
Young Drivers Be Careful
If you’re a young or new driver, this might be the first winter that you’ve been able to drive, so take extra care making sure you are fully prepared and be more careful when you’re out on the road. Don’t forget to leave extra distance between you and the car in front in wet or dry conditions. If you’re in need of young driver insurance, we can help. Click Get A Quote below, or call us on 0800 221 8077.
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