There’s a growing chill in the air and that can only mean one thing – winter is coming. While you may think that the only preparation necessary is to invest in a warm coat, stick the heating on, and hope it passes quickly, there is one very important thing which needs a bit of TLC as winter approaches – your car. Follow this checklist to make sure your car is winter ready this season, and won’t leave you vulnerable to an accident.
One of the most common causes of car trouble is a dead battery, which can leave you stranded when you need it the least. Don’t risk this is in the middle of winter – check your battery level well in advance and if it appears to be running low, replace it to see you through the season.
2.) Replace your windscreen wipers
Windshield wipers are essential for clear visibility. Over time, wiper blades can wear down, meaning they don’t function as reliably as when new. If you notice they aren’t clearing your screen as well as they once did, then you may need to invest in a new pair.
3.) Fix any cracks or nicks in your windscreen
Extremely cold temperatures can worsen cracks in your windscreen, making it harder for you to see and creating a huge safety risk. If there’s a small ding you’ve been leaving for a while we recommend getting it looked at before you have a bigger problem on your hands.
4.) Keep an emergency pack in the boot of your car
While we all hope the worst will never happen, you need to prepare in case it does, especially if you plan on embarking on long journeys. Should your car break down in the throes of winter, stock an emergency pack in your boot which includes practical items like a shovel and first aid kit, as well as comforting items like a blanket, bottle of water and some non-perishable food.
5.) Invest in winter tyres
Winter tyres are designed with wet and dry weather in mind, making them a safer option when driving in icy, or snowy, conditions. Swapping them in advance of severe weather is a good habit to put in place, and saves you any unfortunate, avoidable mishaps on the road.
6.) Make sure all of your car lights are working
More often than not, the first time that a person hears their headlight isn’t working is when they are stopped by the police. Check yours, and if in doubt, always replace the bulb. Keep spares for your headlights and indicators in your glove compartment, to guarantee you are never caught unaware.
7.) Buy a windscreen ice scraper
If the weather is particularly nasty, your windscreen and doors can freeze over making it difficult to access your vehicle. A small ice scraper can save you trouble when trying to deice your car, and won’t damage your windscreen either. Whatever you do, resist the temptation to boil a kettle and pour onto the glass – hot water can cause your windshield to shatter, creating an even bigger problem!
Abbey Insurance Brokers
No matter how prepared your car is for winter, it cannot be driven without car insurance. We work with a wide range of insurance providers to find car insurance which works for you. Abbey also offer a range of optional extras, such as Breakdown Cover, meaning you’ll never be stuck by the side of a road in the Winter months and all year round. If you would like to contact us about car insurance, then give our dedicated team a call on 08000 66 55 44 or get a quote online today.