Make sure your Winter Kit is well stocked:
- De icer and scraper
- Warm clothes (such as a jumper or thermals) and a blanket
- First aid kit
- Jump start cables
- Reflective warning sign
- Reflective jacket
- Sunglasses (The light reflecting off of the snow can be very bright)
- A portable phone-charger
Check your battery is in good condition:
When you park up, make sure you turn off all non-essential electronics, such as interior lights, radios, heaters etc. If these are left on, they can drain the battery. If the car struggles to start, try starting the engine using short 5 second bursts, with breaks of around 30 seconds in between each burst.
Check your door seals:
When it is particularly cold outside, you can find that your doors will seal shut. If you are finding this to be a problem, apply a silicone based furniture polish to the seals (using a cloth to ensure it doesnt get onto any of the paintwork of the car).
Make sure you keep an eye on your coolant and anti-freeze levels. Do this only when the engine has fully cooled down, and ensure you do not overfill. Here is a handy how-to video from the RAC: http://ow.ly/UBjXb
Wipe your lights down before every journey to ensure you can be seen well on the road
Replace your windscreen wipers and fluid. The weight of snow and the cold temperatures can make them crack and split.
Never let your fuel run too low. You are more likely to get stuck out in the winter and the last thing you need to do is run out of fuel.
Always check your oil levels. We recommend you do this once a week throughout the year anyway, however in the winter this is more prudent. We would recommend as well as checking once a week, you should also check before any long journeys.
Tyre tread and pressure is key in the colder months. The roads will be wetter, icier and overall more dangerous so you need to make sure you have the best tools for the job.
- Refer to your handbook for the correct tyre pressure
- The best way to check your tyres have enough tread is to do the 20p test. Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer circle of the coin is covered, then your tyres are above the legal limit. However, we do recommend fitting winter tyres on your car for the icy weather.
And finally, plan your route ahead of time. Make sure you leave plenty of time for your journey to allow for bad conditions or any other delays. Remember you will need to drive slower and smoother to account for the weather. Try and inform people of your journey, your route and estimated arrival time. If at all possible, try to avoid travelling alone.
To make sure your car is in the best possible condition for the winter months, pop into our showroom for a free 25 point winter check from our professional mechanics. They will make sure both you and your car are ready for the cold weather.