It’s that time of year again, the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and the temperature starts to drop. Yes winter is on its way and there is nothing you can do to stop it! Now is the time we all need to make sure our cars are in the very best possible condition to cope with the cold weather ahead.
Statistically you are 50% more likely to break down during the winter than at any other time of the year, which is why it is crucial to make sure you check that your vehicle is safe and will not let you down during the coming months. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best they say so here at DCS Bristol Ltd we have put together a handy 10 point checklist to help you prepare your car to cope with whatever the weather throws at it.
- Antifreeze – Check the coolant strength levels are correct and if not top them up
- Tyres – Check the condition and pressures, the legal tread limit is 1.6mm but we recommend at least 3mm for winter motoring.
- Battery – By far the most common cause of winter break downs. Cold weather and increased use of lights can take its toll on a weak battery. If your battery is more than 5 years old it might be time to think about replacing.
- Lights – As you will be driving more in the dark during the winter it is even more important that you make sure they are clean and working – you need to see and be seen. Consider carrying spare bulbs.
- Heating – Make sure your heater works, you are more likely to be caught in delays during the winter and being stuck in a cold car is at best uncomfortable, and at worst dangerous for your health.
- Windscreen – Check for cracks and chips, these can get bigger in the cold weather. Also make sure you keep the screen clean to avoid being dazzled by head lights and low winter sun.
- Screen wash – Make sure it is topped up with a good quality screen wash to avoid it freezing.
- Wiper blades – Check to see if they are worn or split. A smeary windscreen is the last thing you need in a snow storm!
- Door seals – Applying a small amount of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to the rubber door seals can stop your doors freezing closed.
- Locks – WD40 or similar water dispersant squirted in your locks can help stop them freezing.
Of course there is an alternative – book your vehicle in with DCS Bristol Ltd and we will give your car a fully comprehensive Winter Safety Check… absolutely FREE!
Avoid getting caught out this winter call DCS Bristol Ltd for an appointment on 0117 972 4343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.