What a fantastic Summer we’ve enjoyed over the last few months, a somewhat rare event for Britain. However, all good things must come to an end … and if last year’s Winter is anything to go by we’re all going to have to be better prepared.
So, what can you do to prepare your car for another bone chilling Winter?
Check your tyres
With cold weather comes snow and ice, which makes some British roads incredibly dangerous if you’re not prepared! Make sure your tyres are in good condition, the right pressure for your vehicle and the right tread depth. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, we recommend at least 3mm during Winter. We also recommend changing your Summer tyres to Winter tyres, giving you increased grip in snow, slush and ice.
Check your battery
We’ve all been there, you wake up on a dark cold morning, go to start you car and nothing happens … the battery is flat. The cold Winter months put an extra strain on your car’s battery, the cold weather reduces your battery’s output and increases the use of your lights and heaters. Car batteries have a lifespan of around 5 years, if you’ve not changed your car battery in the last 5 years, you should think about getting it changed.
Get your car serviced
If you haven’t already done so, get your car serviced before the Winter. A good service can be the difference between your car having no issues through Winter and your car breaking down.
You will also find a lot of garages offer “free Winter checks”, so make sure you take advantage and find out what work needs doing to keep you up and running through any bad weather.
We supply service parts for most vehicles, including:
Have a Winter breakdown kit
As all good boy scouts know, it pays to be prepared. There are a few key things to keep in your car in the event of a Winter breakdown:
- A shovel
- A torch
- A blanket
- Food and water
- A high visibility vest
- An ice scraper and de-icer
- A mobile phone charger
Top up the antifreeze
As the name suggests, antifreeze stops things freezing … Make sure you top both your coolant and screen washer fluid with antifreeze. Coolant should be 50% water and 50% antifreeze during the winter months.
Check your lights
We don’t need to tell you your lights are extremely important in the Winter … short dark days mean your lights are getting a lot of use. Make sure you check all of your lights, from headlights, to brake lights to indicators. If any of your lights are dimming or are not working at all, make sure you change them immediately.
Nearly all garages and places like Halfords will fit your lights for you, hassle free!
Should your light units themselves become damaged, we supply high quality, manufacturer quality replacements to get you back on the road quickly and safely.
- Rear Lights
- Fog Lights and DRLs
- Front Indicators & Side Lights
- Rear Fog Lights
- Rear Number Plate Lights
- Side repeaters
Check your breakdown cover
It’s incredibly important that you have comprehensive breakdown cover, check your policy and make sure you have a contact number in your car at all times. If you do breakdown, you have peace of mind that someone will be out quickly to help you!
The last piece of advice we can give you is to just be prepared … if you’re well prepared for Winter you reduce the risk of breakdown’s and any other issues Winter brings. By being prepared, even if you do encounter issues you know how to resolve them!