It’s never too early to start preparing for winter driving

As summer fades to autumn the weather in the UK becomes more unpredictable. Four seasons in one day is sadly not unusual and many of us take an umbrella or raincoat with us no matter what the weather forecasts predict!

Stormy weather can be unpredictable with flying debris causing hazardous driving conditions. From fallen trees, to flooding, from black ice to snow drifts, driving in all seasons certainly can test our driving skills.

With many of us now opting for driving over public transport, falling temperatures and icy conditions can make travelling by road a touch precarious especially if our car is not set up for driving in winter conditions.

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Autumn is a great time to start preparing for winter to ensure you’re not left out in the cold.

Here are our top tips to get you winter ready!

Service

If your car hasn’t recently had a service, getting it serviced before winter should help avoid any potential breakdown issues. If your car needs to be serviced by an approved dealer you can easily contact a local garage and check its credentials. There are plenty of used Mercedes, Ford, Audi and Honda garages for instance across the nation that are approved by manufacturers to service their cars.

Tyres

Your tyres are an essential part of keeping you safe on your travels. They are the only connection you have with the road, which when you think about it is actually only about the size of your palm, times four.  They carry out four vital functions; braking, acceleration, steering and directional control which is why it is crucial they are always kept in good condition and checked regularly. Check your tyre’s pressure and tread depth by using the penny test. You can find out how do that by following this link: https://www.kwik-fit.com/blog/tyre-tread-depth-take-the-20p-test If you live in an area that consistently gets lots of snow you may also want to consider swapping to winter tyres which will provide better grip and traction. Visit the Halfords website for more information: https://www.halfords.com/tyres/winter-tyres/

Clean your lights

With the night’s drawing in we have to adjust to night-time driving. Making sure you are fully visible will help prevent accidents and will ensure you can safely see the road ahead and any hazards. Clean your headlamps thoroughly checking for cracks, as well as any breaking warning bars you may have in your back windscreen. You should also check that your bulbs are in full working order, not forgetting your full beam and fog lights.

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Top up your antifreeze

As the weather turns wetter, mud on the roads can easily get sprayed onto our windscreens from passing vehicles. Make sure your windscreen washer fluid is topped up and importantly contains antifreeze to stop it freezing over. You should also check your windscreen wipers work correctly and have no tears or loose bits of rubber that would stop them working efficiently.