Tips for Motoring in the Winter
Winter is here, which means earlier sunsets and reduced visibility on the roads.
Get your lights and windscreen wipers in order –
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In colder weather, clear windscreens of condensation or ice before setting of.
Always give yourself extra time, to ensure visibility is at an optimum before starting your journey.
Windscreen wipers - Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition. If they squeak as they wipe, they probably need replacing, always make sure they are turned off before starting the ignition to save the blades and the risk of a blown motor fuse when the first frost hits.
Blades will last for two years at the most. New blades clear the screen more effectively and so help reduce dazzle from the sun.
Now is a good time to renew worn blades.
Clear out plenum chambers - the tray-like area under the bonnet, below the windscreen.
This can fill up with water when it gets blocked with leaves.
This water can seep into the car's electrics, causing expensive and potentially dangerous damage.
Windscreen washer fluid
Top up and treat with a good quality, purpose-made additive to reduce the chance of freezing.
Don't use ordinary engine anti-freeze but do check the handbook carefully to make sure you fill the right reservoir.
Don’t use washing up liquid either as this can cause a blockage.
Keep the top of the battery clean and dry and make sure the terminals are tight and free from corrosion.
If a battery is more than three years old, check it now; you might save yourself many a frustrating start to a morning.
This is one of the most common causes of breakdown at any time of year, but particularly in the winter when electrical loads are higher.
If there's any sign of the battery struggling now, the likelihood is that it'll let you down at some time during the winter, particularly if it's more than five years old.
It makes sense to renew the battery now to avoid the hassle and inconvenience of an unplanned failure later.
Check all bulbs regularly (at least once a week) not forgetting brake lights and number plate lights.
The handbook will show you how to change bulbs, though some head light bulbs may require a visit to the garage.
Best to carry some spare bulbs!
TAKE THE 20p TEST
Check all tyres for condition, pressure and tread depth. We recommend at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring, so if the treads are getting low think about buying new tyres now before the colder weather sets in.