With summer coming to an end, it is important that motorists take action now to prepare their vehicles for the winter months and the challenges that this can bring. Winter can be a difficult and stressful period for even an experienced motorist due to the rain, decreasingvisibility, colder temperatures and snow, but you can make it easier and safer for yourself by getting your car prepared for winter.
Servicing & MOT
One of the best steps to take is to get your car serviced, which will identify any small issues and ensure that the car is in the best possible condition going into the winter months. If you are due an MOT, it is advised that you book MOT online before winter arrives to ensure that it is roadworthy and for peace of mind knowing that the car is in good condition.
Check Your Lights
One of the biggest worries for motorists during winter is the poor visibility due to shorter days and fog. Therefore you should always check your headlights and fog light moving into autumn and replace any bulbs if necessary.
Top Up Fluids Levels
This is also the perfect time to top up the various fluids that the car relies on to run efficiently. This includes the antifreeze, coolant, windscreen wash and transmission fluid. Additionally, it is worth changing the engine oil if this has not been done for a while.
Check the Tyres
You do not want to go into the winter months on tyres that are worn, tired and do not have sufficient grip. Many motorists like to switch to winter tyres, which can be smart especially for those that live in areas susceptible to snow and ice. Alternatively, you should check the tyre tread depth to ensure that you have at least 3mm (legal minimum is 1.6mm) and keep the tyres inflated to the correct pressure.
Check the Windscreen Wipers
It is not uncommon for a motorist to go 6 months without using their windscreen wipers, so you should always check these before the weather starts to turn so that you know that you can rely on them once the rain starts.
Keep an Emergency Kit
It is also important to have an emergency kit in the car in case you break down or have an accident. This kit should contain a warning triangle, high-vis jacket, torch, blanket, jump leads, phone charger, blankets, shovel, warm clothing and water and snacks.
This post should help you to get your car prepared for winter and ensure that you are ready once the weather starts to turn. The rain, snow, cold temperatureand low visibility makes this a dangerous and stressful time to drive even for experienced motorists, but getting your car prepared should help you to feel more confident and ready.