With the temperature in most parts of the UK about to touch near-freezing point, driving is becoming harder with each passing day. Winter presents many unique challenges to drivers, not the least of which is wet and slippery roads. The number of accidents goes up many-fold during winters. As such, you need to take extra precautions while driving in these conditions.
Follow the car maintenance and driving tips provided below for a safer winter driving experience.
Swap tyres first
If you haven’t already, you should swap your summer tyres for their winter counterparts immediately. Summer tyres Spalding are grossly inadequate to handle wintry road conditions what with all the snow, ice and sludge. If there’s heavy snowfall in your area, buy studded snow tyres or fit your tyres with snow chains for added traction.
Wash the car regularly
In winters, roads are often sprinkled with salt to melt the snow. Salt is a potent corrosive agent. If you do not wash your car at least twice a week, the undercarriage and parts of your car’s exhaust system will inevitably get corroded.
Keep an eye on the battery
Batteries are more vulnerable in winters than in summers. It tackles the dual problem of freezing temperatures and extra load as heaters, lights and other electrical appliances are used more during the winter months.
Get your battery checked at Matmore Motors at the start of the season. If the power output is low, consider replacing it with a new unit available at this garage. They keep only genuine, premium aftermarket parts.
Replace hazy lights
The nights are longer during winters, and the visibility is quite low as well owing to the fog and snow. As such, it is paramount that all your lights, including tail lamps and indicators lights, are fully functional. If the headlights have gone foggy or turned yellowish, replace them with powerful new lights.
Check tyre pressure more frequently
Outside temperatures have a direct bearing on tyre pressure, which drops by 1 PSI with every 10° drop. Purchase a tyre gauge and check the tyre pressure at least twice a week, preferably just before taking your car out. It is also a good idea to over-inflate your tyres Spalding by 1-2 PSI during the winter.
Check the condition of wipers
Windshield wipers have the propensity to crack in cold temperatures. Experts advise on changing the wipers at the beginning of the season. Also, check the level and condition of the washer fluid, and refill if necessary.
Carry a winter emergency kit
It’s impossible to predict where your car may get stuck and what the conditions there will be. Be prepared for such an eventuality with an emergency kit, which should include a shovel, a powerful flashlight, a high-visibility vest, essential medicines and first aid kit, canned food, newspaper and matches, scrapers and de-icers and a towing cable.
It is also advisable to perform a general servicing of the car just before winter sets. Additionally, you must keep your gas tank at least a quarter full at all times. Winter is a tricky time to drive. Make sure that you keep all the bases covered before taking your car out on the snowy, wintry roads of Britain.