The winter season if fully upon us now and making sure our cars are in tip top condition should be our main priority. During the warmer seasons our cars may need a little less care but as soon as the freezing temperatures hit we need to be careful of how our cars behave. Slippery roads of worn out tires can be a very dangerous combination.
With winter bringing with it cold, windy and dark evenings, it makes driving anywhere very dangerous. With everyone getting back to normal after their Christmas and New Year breaks there are more cars on the road causing havoc on the roads for motorists. It is worth while getting you car serviced at this time of year, getting your car looked at by a professional mechanic will give you the piece of mind that you are travelling in a safe car.
Pumping up your tyres is a must, this will reduce the chance of your car skidding on rain, snow or ice covered roads. The current legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, but during the winter months it is a sensible idea to ensure your tyres have at least 3mm of tread depth.
Making sure your lights are all working is vital, with dark mornings and dark evenings, visibility can become impaired. Always replace any broken bulbs immediately. If you don’t you will find it difficult to see the road clearly and run the risk of not being seen by other drivers which can be very dangerous and potentially life threatening.
Being able to see is obviously a huge must, especially during the winter, with strong winds and hard rain hitting your windshield it can make visibility a problem. To help lower the risk of having an accident always make sure the windscreen is clean and clear, you have plenty of screen wash and your wiper blades are in good condition. Good quality wiper blades are a good investment during this time of year.
Most importantly, make sure you drive safely, and take extra care on the roads. Try and give yourself extra time for journeys by setting off earlier and avoiding having to rush. Keep a safe distance from the car in front, and leave more time to brake and accelerate in wet or icy conditions. Don’t panic about going slower as other cars should be slowing down too. Watch out for every car you see, some drivers may not be as experienced as others.