Essential Driving Tips For The Winter

10th January 2018 | ifa_admin

Reports from several independent weather forecasts have indicated we are in for a very cold few months. It is essential your car is ready for the weather ahead. Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for the winter.

Winter Checks – You can take your car to a garage to have a special winter check service. This will include checks on:

  • Exhaust
  • Battery
  • Wipers and washers
  • Air conditioning
  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Screen wash
  • Lights and electrics

Any problems raised should be dealt with immediately to prevent any danger to yourself or your passengers out on the icy roads.

Tyres – It is essential your tyres are prepared for the snowy and icy conditions ahead. The best way to do this is to fit your car with winter tyres. These are designed to provide more grip in snow and ice.

Aircon Regas – The air conditioning system takes power from your engine, and over time the refringent gas level will drop. An aircon regas is recommended every two years to ensure the system works properly. The service is quick and cheap and can make all the difference. No one wants their air conditioning to break in the winter and be unable to keep the car warm. Any problems should be rectified as soon as possible.

Be Aware Of Danger – It will take your car ten times longer to stop on an icy road than it would on a dry road. Staying alert is vital, not just of your actions but of the actions of other drivers on the road. Leaving more time for your journey is advisable, so you can drive at a slower pace than normal in the bad conditions.

Be Prepared – It is a good idea to prepare for every eventuality. If you are planning a long journey, you should pack additional warm clothing as well as food and water in case you become stranded

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