Preparing your vehicle for winter

You may not have had your annual service this year due to the lockdown measures, or because you’ve not used your car as much as you normally would. But if you’re able to, it’s always worth keeping on top of your services, to not only keep your car running smoothly, but to ensure it’s safe.

In this article we outline some other measure you can take, to keep you safe on the roads this winter.

Check your wipers, clean your windscreen and ensure you’ve topped up your windscreen fluid. If you’ve got a chip in your window, get this sorted sooner rather than later, as in winter, these can get worse.

Battery – during winter, your battery output can be impacted by the colder temperatures as well as the increased use of lights, heater, blowers, which puts it under additional strain. If you’ve not changed your battery for around five years, it’s worth getting a new one.

Tyres – it’s essential that your tyres are in good condition, especially for those wintery, icy conditions. Check the tread and pressure on all your tyres – it’s recommended that the tread be 3mm during the winter months, where the legal limit is 1.6mm, as it provides better grip. If you live in snow or ice prone areas, you could even switch to winter tyres.

Top up your engine coolant with antifreeze with a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. If you’ve topped up with water during the year, this can dilute the antifreeze.

Car essentials – it’s always handy to have some essentials in the car in case you break down. Be sure to include a blanket, shovel, torch, high-vis vest, snacks and water. And in case of a flat battery, a spare pair of jump leads could come in useful.

Breakdown cover – if you’ve not got breakdown cover, you can speak to us at A-Plan and add it to your vehicle policy. Simply get in touch with your local branch which can be found here.