As the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer it can only mean one thing, winter is just around the corner, it will not be long before the temperatures drop and we have to scrape the ice from our windscreens. Now is a good time to get your vehicle checked over by a specialist such as A1 Clutches who will ensure your vehicle is ready for any bad weather that comes your way this winter.
Below is our 7 point check list to help you prepare your vehicle for the winter ahead:
Have your vehicle serviced
The top of your list for preparing your vehicle for the winter months ahead is to book your vehicle in for a service as many potential problems can be highlighted and resolved prior to the winter kicking in.
Check your tyre tread depth, the law requires car tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. It is important to have good tyres in winter as the groves in your tyre tread disperse the water on the road giving you more friction in wet conditions.
Check your tyre pressure every couple of weeks the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle is normally found inside your fuel filler flap and is also in the manufactures hand book. If you are driving regularly in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit you should consider purchasing a set of winter tyres which are designed for driving on icy roads or in snow.
A good battery is vital in winter, the last thing you need to be worrying about is your vehicle starting first thing in the morning now is the perfect time to have your battery checked and replaced if need be as your battery works extra hard during the winter with regular use of your demisters, heater and lights.
The coolant in your engine should be 50% antifreeze and 50% water if you top up your coolant with just water the mixture becomes diluted and less effective which can lead to your engine over heating always ensure the mix of your coolant is correct especially in the winter months and freezing weather conditions.
Fully working lights throughout your vehicle are vital when driving in winter as very often visibility is very poor and you need to be able to see clearly the road ahead while at the same time other motorists can clearly see you.
Check and make sure all your light covers are clean with no cracks and that all your bulb are in good working order remember to check all your bulbs including head lights, side lights, brake lights, fog lights and your indicators.
Windscreen & Wipers
Visibility is vital at all times never more so than in winter, check your windscreen for cracks and chips as these can quickly deteriorate during icy weather conditions, also ensure your wipers are in good order as you will be using them more during the wet weather that we have to drive in throughout the winter.
Make sure your windscreen wash bottle is full and suitable for the cold you can add antifreeze to the water you use or many high street retailers sell wind screen wash ready diluted to pour straight into your wash bottle.
Finally make sure your windscreen is clean on both the inside and outside and that your defrosters are in good working order to keep your windscreen clear at all times.
The winter slows down our roads and motorways very often causing long delays always make sure that you have plenty of fuel in your tank in case of unexpected delays on motorways.