That starts with making regular checks. They take a little time but don’t require any expertise, they’ll help to make sure you keep safe and minimise the chance of a breakdown.
There’s also a little thing called peace of mind which goes a long way when you’re out there battling the elements!
Check your oil
Your engine needs oil to keep everything working smoothly but cold weather can thicken oil, reducing its ability to move around the engine. It’s important to regularly check your engine levels manually and keep it topped up – especially if your car is older. You’d be surprised at the amount of oil it gets through in a couple of months.
Check your tyres
Before you set off on a trip, give your tyres a quick once over. You want to make sure that your tyres are properly inflated at the right tyre pressure and your thread depth is above the minimum level of 1.6mm. Anything below this is illegal and will severely affect your grip whilst driving.
Check windscreen wipers
There’s nothing worse than that feeling of dread when it’s pelting down, your wipers aren’t working, and you can’t see out the window very well. Most wiper blades are only good for six months so keep this in mind and make a mental note to replace them.
Top up windscreen wash
To keep your windscreen clear of salt, mud and ice, it’s crucial to ALWAYS top your windscreen wash and always keep a container handy in your car. Winter driving is hard enough without adding a dirty windscreen to very low visibility.
Pack an emergency kit
Always prepare for the unexpected with an emergency kit filled with supplies like blankets, a torch, water and a fully charged phone.
Check your coolant
The last thing you need is a frozen engine or your car to overheat. Most modern cars have a sealed coolant system that should stay topped up, but it is important to set a reminder to check the levels regularly. You’ll find the best level for your car in your vehicle handbook.
Also, it’s best practice is to check the levels when the car has cooled down.
Remember, your car is just like your own body: you need to look after it to keep it in top condition! if it doesn't, it needs fixed which is why Roadside Assistance is so handy to have.