We’re well into Autumn now and it seems like the leaves have been more colourful than usual and the wind more blustery…or maybe it’s just that life has changed pace this year and I’ve noticed it more…I’m not sure. Either way, it’s a beautiful season.
That said, I’m looking forward to winter too!
The crisp, frosty mornings and the twinkling lights of Christmas. It really can be ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ It’s one that needs preparation though. From storing logs, to servicing the boiler, it’s a time to be ready and avoid being caught out or left in the cold. Motoring is no different – we rely so much on our vehicles and a few simple steps, taken before the cold weather really hits, can save us a lot of trouble.
So here are 5 simple things we can all do to make sure our cars are ready for winter.
Lights and levels
Working lights and adequate levels of things like oil, antifreeze and screenwash sound obvious, but they don’t top themselves up! And it’s worth making sure your battery is charging well as the cold weather hits.
Clear visibility when driving on dark, wintery nights is essential – make sure your wipers are keeping your windscreen nice and clear.
Winter tyres are ideal once the temperature drops below 7°c, as they remain softer and offer better grip. Either way, check you’ve got plenty of tread depth and that tyres are in good overall condition (including no bulges in the side walls). If you want to know more about tyres in winter weather, check out our previous blog.
Make sure your policy is up to date and you’re fully covered. Breaking down is frustrating and inconvenient, but it helps if you know assistance is just a phone call away.
There are a few things that are worth having in the car for a moment when you’ll be really glad of them: First aid kit, water, phone (with charger), blanket or extra layers of clothing, snacks, scraper or de-icer…you could take it further and include a pair of boots and a spade, but that’s up to you!
Those are the essentials as far as I’m concerned. Use common sense and make sure you’re prepared for the type of journey you’re embarking on. Remember we’re here to help at David Dexters, from our FREE Winter Health Check, to supplying and fitting tyres and batteries, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us online.
That done, all that remains is to relax and enjoy the season. Light the fire, pour out the mulled wine (If you’re not driving!) and check out those Christmas movies (if you didn’t watch them all too many times during lockdown that is!).
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