Winter car care tips for safe driving

icy driving

With the darker nights now upon us, cooler temperatures and more rain falling, driving conditions are typically more challenging meaning that it’s perhaps more important than ever to ensure that your car is in good condition so that you, your passenger and other road users are kept safe.At Point S, we’re committed to helping keep you safe, which is why you can call into any one of our 200 UK branches for a free tyre safety check at any time. However, in addition to this, here are a few other items for you to consider and keep an eye on over the coming months.

Winter tyres – when outside temperatures fall below 7 degrees c, normal summer tyres become harder which can lead to lower levels of grip. Winter tyres are designed to offer better traction in wintry conditions – either when snow and ice are present, or simply when the roads are cold and damp. Winter tyres can be used all year round but they come into their own between October and March.

Lights – It’s a legal requirement that all of your car’s lights must be in working order so find a safe place to step out of the car with the engine running and the lights switched on to make sure they all work as they should. Have any failed bulbs replaced immediately and remember if driving in mist, fog or dusk-like conditions, that headlamps are there to all you to ‘see and be seen’.

Wipers – The winter months are typically the wettest so it’s vital that your windscreen wipers are in good condition and after the wettest winter on record, this is perhaps even more important than ever before. Rubber wiper blades deteriorate with age and use, and even at only a year old, may not effectively clear water from the windscreen. If your wipers scrape over the glass or show any signs of tearing, your vision in rainy conditions may be affected so remember to inspect and replace them regularly.

Screenwash – the combination of damp roads and surface salt from gritters can combine to form a greasy emulsion that dries on your windscreen when you’re driving. Make sure that you top up your car’s screenwash bottle regularly with the recommended seasonal mixture of washer fluid and water to ensure that you windscreen is kept as clean as possible, helping your vision of the road ahead.

Antifreeze – if you’ve never had the antifreeze in your car’s cooling system replaced or checked for the correct concentration, it is worth doing so before the temperature plunges towards zero.Antifreeze prevents the fluid that cools your car’s engine when it’s running from icing up when the engine is switched off. If the system does freeze up it could cause significant damage to the engine so it’s important to have it checked and replaced as necessary.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *