How to get your car winter-ready

How to get your car winter-ready

Don’t get caught out

Breaking down in cold weather can be particularly miserable because cold or wet conditions can make waiting on the side of the road uncomfortable or even dangerous. Ensure that you are ready for the worst by being prepared for all eventualities. Before you leave on a trip:

  • Make sure you have enough fuel. Don’t forget to put in a little extra for unforeseen circumstances like getting stuck in traffic or getting lost on your route.
  • Check your oil levels regularly and ensure that you are using the correct oil to top up.
  • Check water levels in the radiator to keep it running optimally.
  • Don’t forget to top up the water for your windscreen washer.
  • Examine the front and rear wiper blades to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Inspect demisters and heaters to check that they are in working order.
  • Check all your driving lights including indicators.
  • Inflate tyres correctly with sufficient tread for optimal driving.
  • Clean any frost that might have collected on your windscreen and side mirrors.
  • Ensure you are in a good state to drive by being well-rested, warm and alert.
  • Keep up to date with weather and traffic reports in the media to help you plan your journey.

Standard vehicle equipment

Check the parts that usually come standard with a vehicle such as a reflective triangle (which you are required to have by law), a wheel spanner, jumper cables and a car jack. If you don’t have them, or they aren’t in a working condition, ensure that you replace or repair them in advance.

Emergency kits

Keep these items in your vehicle emergency kit:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tyre gauge
  • Tyre sealant
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Gloves
  • Duct tape
  • Cable ties
  • Tow strap or tow rope
  • Multipurpose utility tool with a sharp knife

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