Thursday, October 22, 2020

Important Things To Remember When Driving This Winter

Winter is just around the corner and people are starting to prepare for it by making seasonal plans and getting the home ready. Another way you can prepare for the winter months is by making sure your car is in good condition and taking extra measures to avoid your car breaking down. It’s important to look after your car throughout the year but more so during the colder months, as your car is twice as likely to break down in winter. Keep reading to find out the important things you need to remember when driving this winter.

Carry out winter maintenance
Cold weather can cause your car to not run properly, and the last thing you want is to get behind the wheel ready to set off and realise there’s a fault with your vehicle. There are checks you should do beforehand, to ensure your car is working and ready to go.
 
Check the battery
Cold, wet weather can strain the battery and make it go flat. Additional use of the car’s lights and heater can also contribute to this. Try jump-starting your car if this happens.
 
Check antifreeze
Engine coolant needs to be a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze. The antifreeze stops the water from freezing and not using enough can dilute it and cause it to freeze.
 
Clean your lights
Dirt can build up on your lights and indicators from the winter weather conditions. Make sure these are clean before setting off, check the light bulbs are working, and make sure they’re not cracked.
 
 
Check your tyres
Tyres need to be in great condition, especially during winter. The legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm but having more than this can improve steering and braking.
 
Check screen wash
In winter you’ll use your windscreen wipers more than usual, so make sure you have enough screen wash to ensure your windscreen remains clear of grit and dirt from the road.
 
Pay extra attention to the road
The roads can be slippery in winter from wet, snowy, or icy conditions and this can make you feel as though you don’t have as much control over your car. Remember to drive carefully, slow down, and pay extra attention to the road ahead. Another thing to remember is that the mornings and evenings are much darker so you need to always be aware of potentially dangerous conditions to avoid a road accident. You can speak to an injury lawyer if you are involved in an accident.
 
Pack emergency supplies
No matter where you are heading in your car, always make sure you have emergency supplies with you. Things such as a fully charged phone, blankets, food and drink, de-icer and scraper, a torch, shovel, and first aid kit are a few essential items you should have in your car throughout winter, in case you break down and are stranded for a short time.
 
These are three things you should remember when driving anywhere this winter, as it’s best to be fully prepared for any kind of situation you may find yourself in.

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