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Prepare your vehicle for winter!

driving-in-bad-weatherJust as you would dress yourself up in extra thick clothes, woolly hats and gloves to protect yourself from the cold, your car needs special treatment as well to help it through the cold winter months. A pre-winter check will not only keep your car in good working order during the cold weather, it will also severely reduce the risk of an accident occurring.

One key part of car ownership in general is regular maintenance; this becomes even more important in the winter months. The antifreeze mixture in your car should be a 50:50 mix of both antifreeze/coolant and water to ensure your car will be working at its optimum performance. In addition to this make sure your windscreen wipers are clean and in good condition and that your screen wash is topped up with antifreeze additives too.

According to the RAC battery failure causes the most winter breakdowns, this is because batteries that are more than four years old may struggle to work efficiently in the cold. One of the more important factors to take into consideration is the condition of your tyres, many people actually consider putting on winter tyres because these improve your handling capabilities, reduce stopping distances and create more grip when the weather is below 7°C.

In case of an emergency make sure you pack an ‘emergency kit’ to ensure that you have everything you need. This should include a spade, torch, spare batteries for your phone and your torch, a sleeping bag, water and plenty of food to snack on. Planning your journey in advance is another great way of ensuring you drive as safely as possible and will enable you to plan your journey in advance.

Phil Seymour, Network Manager of Approved Garages said, “Regular servicing is the best way to save money on your motoring, with preventative maintenance working out much cheaper than getting problems fixed when something goes wrong. Just having your annual MOT done isn’t enough as this is just a check, all cars need servicing as well to prevent expensive problems from happening.”

Maintaining your car over the colder months is imperative for not only your own safety and the health of your vehicle, but also the safety of other road users. Make sure you visit us this year for a pre-winter check.

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