Advice for driving in the colder months

Now the seasons are due to change, it’s time to start thinking about your car health and consider safety precautions for driving as the days become shorter and the weather becomes colder. Here are some ways to keep safe in the winter months.

Before you set off-plan routes and give yourself extra time to drive roads that will be clear and gritted overnight. Make sure you de-ice your car and wear comfortable nonslip shoes for driving so your feet do not slip off of the pedals.

In snowy conditions, clear all windows and the roof of your car and check your fuel levels before you set off. If you drive an automatic make sure you check your manual to see what setting can assist you in wet, icy slippery weather.

Makesure your wipers are not on automatic when you park as if they freeze over there is a risk of them sticking to the windscreen. It is also beneficial to make sure you have a good additive in your screenwash to reduce the chances of it freezing. You need a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water for the winter – this protects your engine down to -34C.

Most modern cars use long-life antifreeze but some types of antifreeze need to change after only 2 years. Make sure you use the right type and check your service schedule.

It’s important to ensure all your car lights are working properly so your car is visible. You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t dazzle other drivers or obscure your brake lights.

Tyres are another thing to consider when driving in winter. We recommend 3mm of tread for the winter, alternatively you can have all-season tyres that give a better grip in cold wet conditions.

We also offer the following services at Spencers MOT.

  • Free safety check
  • Coolant change £30 + vat
  • Brake fluid change £40 + vat
  • Free battery health check

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