Mummy says… The weather has taken a turn for the worse recently – we have had torrential rain, thunder and high winds, so it is the perfect time to talk about winter car care and how it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to maintaining your car….
I have some top tips when thinking about winter car care…
- Checking that your tyres are suitable and ready to drive in winter weather. Ask your local tyre centre to check, if you live nearby, you can get good quality and reliable tyres in Wakefield. Check your tyre tread, wearing and pressure before heading out on a long journey.
- Make sure your car battery is functioning correctly so that no inconvenience or disruption to your travel is caused. Ask you local battery centre to check it for you.
- Car servicing will make sure your car is fully prepared to bear the severe weather conditions, preventing any delays to your journey. You should have a full service every 12,000 miles or 12 months – whichever is sooner. The garage will check levels of fluids such as break fluid, replace the oil and filters, check all lights etc
- Don’t forget to arrange for your car to have an MOT if needed. Book it into a government approved MOT testing centre. The MOT will check that your car is fit for purpose and roadworthy and some garages offer a service and MOT package.
- Check your screen wash is topped up – carry a bottle in the car too. My car has quite a small water tank and I use it up quickly in winter weather.
- Keep a couple of blankets in your car, as well as a warning triangle and mobile phone charger in case you get stranded. If you live in an area prone to snow, carry a shovel and some snacks and water in your car too.
- Allow extra time for your journey, and in severe weather stick to main roads to minimise the risk of coming across obstacles such as flash floods or fallen trees. Check for weather warnings.
- Check ahead for any disruptions such as road works or diversions which could leave you stranded.
It is so important to think about winter car care, and the journeys you will be making. I hope these tips will help. Have you any to add?