Why it is important to ensure your family car is prepared for the winter

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Every driver knows how important it is to make sure that their car is in good working order all year. However, this is especially important in the winter months. Decreased visibility, treacherous road conditions and adverse weather mean your car needs to be in good condition.

Getting serviced

Getting your vehicle serviced just before the winter months is ideal. Your mechanic can check that everything is in good working order as well as ensure your car is as safe as it can be.

Among other things, your mechanic will test your battery as it can be prone to problems in the winter. The last thing you want is to be stuck somewhere in the cold.

Driving with a broken light is illegal, so getting your lights checked is essential. The long winter nights mean you will be driving in the dark by around 3pm and using your fog lights and high beams a lot more than in other seasons. Ensuring they are all working correctly will help avoid accidents due to low visibility.

Checking your tyres

As with most things, investing in goodquality products means they last longer and perform better. This applies to tyres as well. If the tread on your tyres is near the legal limit, it might be worth getting some new ones fitted. Your mechanic can advise you of this when you take your car in to get serviced.

Premium tyre brands spend a great deal of money formulating the right rubber compound to maximise their tyres’ safety as well as their handling ability. By having tyres that are so carefully engineered, driving on wintry, icy roads can be that much safer.

Defrosting your windshield

Making sure that all the fluids in your car are topped up not just your petrol level is vital too. As the cold nights draw in, you will often wake up to find your windscreen has iced over. Whether you are off to work or dropping the kids off at school, it is important to help your car defrost quickly and safely.

A de-icer is the go-to when combined with heating your windscreen from the inside. Don’t be tempted to use hot water directly on the glass, though – this can cause cracks and weakening to the windscreen.

Making sure your windscreen washer fluid is up to the correct level is key. Using the correct fluid is important as it will not freeze as easily as water would. Again, your mechanic can check this for you when you get your car serviced.

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