Winter – the time of year we all secretly dread. Yes, winter offers its own beauty but we can all admit that wearing five layers, the constant use of the heating, and worrying about the condition of the paths and roads aren’t exactly enjoyable tasks.
The roads especially can be the biggest hindrance to anyone outside in winter – not only because of the lack of grip on the roads themselves, but because the winter roads offer up a number of different risks and dangers.
That’s why it’s imperative you prepare your vehicle for this kind of weather before it gets so bad that travelling by car seems like a bad idea altogether.
To help you with this, we’ve put together a list of 5 things for you to do to keep winter’s mischief well away from your vehicle.
Keep your Windscreen Clear
This one might seem obvious, but when you’re travelling on the road and your windscreen starts to become misty and unclear, we probably don’t have to tell you the number of bad things this can lead to.
Before you leave for work, or pop down to the shops, check that your windscreen is completely clear – that way, if your windscreen starts to become unclear during the drive, it’ll take more time for it to seriously affect your vision, and if the weather is taking its toll more swiftly, you’ll have more time to do something about it.
Keep a bottle of wiper fluid in the boot for good measure.
Check your Lights
When you’re on the road, you need to see and be seen, which is why it’s incredibly important that you check your lights are in working order. You’d be surprised at the amount of motorists that don’t do this.
Have someone press the brake and turn the lights/indicators on and off while you walk around the car. This will save you a lot of hassle.
Check your battery
During winter, your battery has a harder job on its hands as the cold reduces its capacity.
Pop in to your local garage to have it checked – after all, there would be nothing worse than getting in your car on a cold morning, ready for work, only to find out that you have a flat battery.
Another way to keep your car in working order this winter is to make sure you put the right fuel in your car. Of course, if you do end up putting in the wrong fuel, we can help!