A lot of the UK had snow last week and it looks like this is just the start of our Winter instead of tailing off. The season's are definitely changing here and it's best to be prepared when out and about in case the worst should happen. How many times now have we seen road closures due to bad weather and people are physically stuck in their cars. Or when you're out and about on the road and the cold chilly weather sets in but you're far from home.
With this in mind I believe we should all get our cars Winter ready. With most of us having children along for the ride it's really the responsible thing to do. So please read on for my 6 tips on getting your car Winter ready.
Check Your Tyres
It's very important that your tyres are up to the job when it comes to Winter. Check your tyre pressure first then check for wear and tare in case you need a fresh set. If there's hardly any tread left then they won't do well in Winter conditions. You might want to consider winter tyres depending on where you live and how bad the weather forecast is. Also a wheel alignment check can be great as if you're not fully aligned this can chew through tyres a lot quicker costing you more.
Winter Safety Check
Some garages offer a free Winter safety check where they'll go round the car for you so you don't have to. Of course garages charge for this service as well but it's worth getting done for peace of mind. It might be worth checking is you have a service package with your local garage/ dealership as things like this are included. Find out more from Cars.com.
In Winter it's important to have some sort of antifreeze in your washer fluid as subzero temperatures will cause liquid to freeze. You don't want this when you're travelling on the motorway and all the dirt and grime from the road is being splashed onto your windscreen. Make sure and keep the fluid topped up as well, check regularly from week to week so you don't run empty.
What if the worst happens and you become stuck!? I always believe it's good to keep a supply of blankets, snacks, a torch, first aid kit, lighter or matches, ice scraper, in car chargers for phone, possibly a shovel for snow in the car just in case. Even in the summer months I always have a blanket, first aid kit and snacks in the car as you never know what could happen.
Give your wipers a check and make sure they're fit for purpose. If you've been needing new ones now is the time to get them. Most wipers are quite cheap starting from £5 or less so there's no excuse. Also give them a little clean to take any grime off them or you'll only be spreading that over the windscreen.
Check Your Lights
In winter a lot of the time you'll be driving in the dark so it's really important you can see where you're going and also that other cars/ road users can see you. Have someone on hand to help you check your lights or if you're on your own check them in the dark against a wall so you can see your break lights etc.
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.