Cold weather creates a fresh set of challenges for drivers. Looking after our vehicles and our drivers during this time is even more important than ever. I hope this list proves useful to you.
Vehicle Care Tips:
Check the Battery: Cold weather can drain batteries faster. Getting stranded in winter because your vehicle will not start will make for a bad day! If you are unsure, get it checked by a professional.
Tire Pressure and Tread Depth: Cold air will reduce tire pressure, so make sure they are correctly inflated. Check your tread depth, there is no more important time than winter for a good tread pattern on your tires.
Antifreeze Levels: Your vehicle must have the right antifreeze/water mix to prevent freezing. Once again, if you are unsure, get it checked.
Windshield and Wipers: Keeping your windshield clear of ice and snow for visibility is vital. If they are not clearing the screen effectively, get them replaced.
Keep de-icer in the vehicle, being able to clear the windows is vital. It is illegal to drive without being able to see properly.
Driver Care Tips:
Dress Warmly: You should dress in layers to stay warm. You should not rely on your vehicles heater to keep you warm. If you break down you will get cold quickly. With more breakdowns this time of year the AA/RAC may not arrive for hours.
Stay Hydrated and Eat Well: Keeping non-perishable food and water in your vehicle at any time of the year is a good idea. You never know when it may come in handy.
Emergency Kit: Keep a winter emergency kit in the vehicle, including items like blankets, a torch, a first-aid kit, and some non-perishable snacks.