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Keeping your car well maintained is important throughout the year but especially in the Winter months. The long dark nights and poor weather can make driving hazardous so remember to carry out monthly safety checks on your vehicle, take extra care when you drive and adapt your driving to suit the conditions.
These are simple checks that you should carry out on your vehicle at least once a month:
It’s vital to regularly check tread depth and tyre pressures. You should change your tyres as soon as the tread reaches 2mm. Always check your tyre pressures when they’re cold.
Check your oil level and keep it topped up, but don’t overfill it. Also check coolant and brake fluid levels and arrange for a top-up through your local garage.
Keep the washer fluid topped up and check the wiper blades, replacing them as necessary.
Make sure your front and rear lights and indicators are working properly.
Car batteries face a severe test in Winter because of the extra demands of running heating fans and lights. Short journeys can put extra strain on the battery so try to plan a longer run occasionally and consider switching off energy sapping equipment.
Make sure you keep your car clean, especially the lights and windscreen. Plus make sure you clear your windscreen before you drive away.
Make sure your car is regularly serviced in-line with the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals, this can be found in your vehicle handbook.
Take some emergency kit with you in case you encounter trouble. We recommend:
It’s really important that you immediately adjust your driving to suit the weather conditions.
Snow or ice