IT’S important that motorists are prepared for the winter months as driving can be much trickier, more stressful and dangerous when the weather turns.
There are a few key steps to take to make sure that your car is ready for the winter months – read on to find out what these are so that you are fully prepared.
Consider a new car
First, it is always worth considering whether or not it is a good time to change to a new car. If your car is very old and/or has not performed well in winter before, you might find that this is the best time to buy a new car and you can find a Vauxhall Corsa for sale online – this is a highly reliable automobile which will make winter driving much easier.
Top up fluids
One of the key steps to take is to make sure that all of your fluids are topped up to the recommended level, especially the coolant and screen wash both of which are essential during the colder months of the year.
Check the lights
When visibility decreases in winter with fog and shorter days, it is absolutely essential that you both can be seen and are able to see what is ahead of you. This means that you need to check that all of your lights are working and to make sure that they are clean – they can become dirty in autumn and winter with dirt, grime and leaves etc.
Check the tyres
There is no feature of the car more important than the tyres in the winter months. You need to keep these topped up to the recommended levels and to examine them for signs of damage, especially before setting off for a long trip. Additionally, be sure to check the tread depth with a 20p coin – 1.6mm is the legal minimum but it is recommended to have at least 3mm during the winter months.
Finally, you should make sure that you have an emergency kit in the car in case you breakdown or have an accident. This should include:
- Phone charger
- High viz jacket
- Food and water
- Basic tools
It is important that every motorist takes the time to make sure that their car is ready for the winter months as this can be a dangerous time to drive. These are a few of the key ways to get prepared for winter which will hopefully give you some confidence behind the wheel.