Winter Tips for Motor

Winter Tips for Motor

Winter Tips for Motor

Winter Tips for Motor

1. Don’t leave your vehicle stationary for an extended period of time. You should recharge your battery regularly if you don’t make long journeys.
2. You should avoid running electrical systems longer than necessary. Electrical system puts high demand on car battery and it might discharge faster.
3. You should keep ‘winter travel’ kit in your car. Make sure you have all necessary items to keep your car clear of ice and snow. We recommend taking a shovel, wellington boots, a hazard warning signal, de-icing equipment, first aid kit, a car blanket, a torch, snacks and water.
4. You should check your tyres regularly; check the pressure of your tyres and look for damage such as splits or bulges.
5. You should consider replacing tyres at 3mm depth; the ability to displace surface water and grip on snow is immensely reduced below 3mm.
6. You should consider changing to winter or all season tyres for a greater grip in cold and wet conditions.
7. You should make sure your vehicle has adequate correct level of fluids, especially engine oil, antifreeze and windscreen wash.
8. Make sure your screen wash is suitable for cold conditions. Unsuitable screen wash could freeze and block the washer pump.
9. You should keep the windscreen clear of dirt and snow. You could face a fine if your vision if obscured. Do not neglect your roof; the snow can fall onto your windscreen and it can create a hazard for other road users.
10. You should use air conditioning for demisting your windows.
11. You should check your windscreen wipers and replace if required.
12. You should allow extra time in winter to prepare your car. Ensure your car is fully cleared of snow and plan your journey in advance. Use the roads that are cleared and gritted.
13. When driving in snow and ice, don’t just drive as normal. You should use gentle manoeuvres, reduce your speed and avoid harsh breaking; remember that stopping distances are 10 times longer on ice and snow.
14. You should check weather forecast and driving conditions. If conditions are very bad, do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary.
15. If you get stuck in snow, move your vehicle backwards and forwards. Do not try to power out of the rut because it will make the rut worse.
16. If the road is flooded, avoid the deepest water and don’t attempt to cross if the water seems too deep. You should look for alternative route or cross the water slowly in first gear.
17. Make sure your Electric Vehicle is fully charged as more demand will be put upon a battery with the use of heated rear windows, heaters, wipers, radio etc.
18. You should make sure you have adequate fuel in case you are stuck in traffic for long periods.
19. Make sure you have suitable clothes for winter such as hat, gloves and warm coat in case of a breakdown.
20. If possible, secure your car in a garage or park away from any object that may cause damage.

Avoid Motor Breakdown

• You should keep ‘winter travel’ kit in your car. We recommend taking a shovel, wellington boots, a hazard warning signal, de-icing equipment, first aid kit, a car blanket, a torch, snacks and water.
• Make sure you have all necessary items to keep your car clear of ice and snow.
• Make sure your screen wash is suitable for cold conditions. Unsuitable screen wash could freeze and block the washer pump.
• If you’re travelling in winter, allow extra time to prepare your car and plan your journey in advance.
• Check weather forecast and driving conditions. If conditions are very bad, do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary.
• Make sure you have suitable clothes for winter such as hat, gloves and warm coat in case of Motor Breakdown
• You should consider changing to winter or all season tyres for a greater grip in cold and wet conditions.
• When driving in snow and ice, don’t just drive as normal. You should use gentle manoeuvres, reduce your speed and avoid harsh breaking; remember that stopping distances are 10 times longer on ice and snow.

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