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Last weekend saw the very first sprinkling of snow on the ground in some parts of the UK, so the Trusted Dealers thought it was about time we reminded drivers about the measures which should be taken in order to prepare your car for the winter weather.
The dark evenings mixed with plenty of wet, windy and sometimes icy weather can make driving particularly dangerous in the winter time, so follow our guide below and take note of some essential safety precautions which you can take to make sure that you stay safe on the roads this season.
Check your tyres: Skidding is a common hazard during the winter months, so to help reduce the risk of an accident, it is important to check your car tyre’s condition and make sure that the pressure is correct. The current legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, but during the winter it is sensible to ensure your tyres have a minimum of 3mm of tread depth.
Check your car: If you haven’t had a service for a year or more then now is a good time to go and get one. Not only will that full check provide you with peace of mind, but it will also mean that any mechanical problems you might have can be fixed which will in turn reduce the risk of breaking down.
Check your lights: Now that the clocks have gone back, the evenings have suddenly become a lot darker which can make driving conditions very difficult. It is therefore crucial to make sure that all of your lights are clean and in proper working order. Ask a friend to check them for you and always make sure you know where to locate your front and back fog lights.
Check your fuel and oil levels: Checking your fuel level might seem very obvious, but it is amazing just how many people break down purely from running out for petrol, and the last thing you want is in the autumn and winter is to be stuck in the dark waiting for the emergency services to arrive. Topping up your oil levels is also important as well as making sure you have enough screen wash and that your windscreen is clean and clear at all times.
Be prepared: Make sure that you have an essential breakdown kit somewhere within your car so that if you do happen to break down, you will be prepared for it. Items you should include in the kit are a torch, warm clothing, blankets, food, ice scraper and a first aid kit. You should also always carry a mobile with you and an in car charger for it, plus the number of your car breakdown service should you need it.