Winter driving: how to keep your car safe
We love being in the warmth of our car when the weather is foul, but make sure you undertake these simple tasks before you set out on the road.
The winter weather is the most treacherous time for your car: you’re twice as likely to break down during the winter months, not to mention the increased risk of accidents due to perilous road conditions. It’s essential to ensure your car is in robust working order. Here’s what you need to check to make sure you stay safe – and on the move – this winter.
Check the anti-freeze
Anti-freeze is an additive that works to ensure the water in your car’s cooling system doesn’t freeze in winter, nor boil in summer. It’s important that your car’s cooling system contains 50 percent water, 50 percent antifreeze in winter or else the engine will seize up. You can purchase antifreeze tester for around Â£5, complete with instructions.
Check your screen wash
Visibility is crucial at the best of times, but doubly so in the low winter sun with mud and grit spraying onto your screen. Make sure you have plenty of screen wash in the car and your wipers are in good condition.
Check the lights
Make sure they’re all working, and clean them regularly, so that they’re not dimmed by road debris or dirt.
Put an emergency kit in the boot
If you’re going for long, remote drives at all in winter, make sure you have a mobile phone and charger. In the boot of your car, you should have: a first aid kit, a shovel, a torch, a rug, working hazard lights, de-icer and a scraper, a tow rope, and a car jack.
Have your car regularly serviced
Cold causes a lot of problems for cars, but many of them can be prevented by getting a service at the beginning of winter. They’ll carry routine checks, one of which is to...
Check the car battery
A car’s battery suffers strain when operating in the cold and damp, as it is harder for it to turn over. Get a professional to check your car battery. If it’s edging to the end of its life, the start of winter could be good time to replace it, as it will likely die over the cold months anyway.
Start with checking the tread of your tires. Legally, it should be 1.6mm, but thicker tread will make it easier for you to steer and brake. If you do a lot of driving, it is worth investing in winter tyres, which offer greater grip and handling in cold and wet conditions, keeping you much safer.
To make sure your car is winter ready, visit Tints N Tweaks in Ashington, Northumberland. All of their products are supplied and fitted to the highest quality, and all vehicle servicing and repairs are carried out by experienced qualified technicians.
Offering dealer standards quality at dealer beating prices - you will be ecstatic with their work! Whatever your requirements are, whether you are interested in brakes, vehicle mapping or window tinting, be sure to get in touch and they will take care of you from start to finish.
The Tints N Tweaks team will carry out a full Winter Service check on your vehicle and in the process will assess every important component of your car or van. The aim of the test is to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive in winter, taking the time to carry out each check thoroughly.
Visit Tints N Tweaks to find out more - or call 01670 858388