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16 November 2017

Are you prepared for Winter?

Winter is here… are you prepared? While the danger from winter weather varies, most of us are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in our lives. That could mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms.

 

 

Winter is here… are you prepared?

While the danger from winter weather varies, most of us are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in our lives.

That could mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms.

This winter is expected to be the coldest in 5 years, and NWH want to help you be prepared for the unexpected with the below car winter maintenance tips:

  1. Get your car serviced - If your car is due a service, get it done before the winter to ensure its weather ready
  2. Check the battery - The battery should be a priority.  During the winter months it suffers from a double whammy of cold temperatures - reducing the output - and the increased use of lights, heater and blower, which place it under additional strain.
  3. Top up engine coolant with antifreeze - Engine coolant should be a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze.
  4.  Check the condition of your tyres - As a car’s tyres are key to both steering and braking, it is essential they are in good condition.  You could also look at changing from summer to winter tyres, as these also offer increased group in snow slush or ice.
  5. Clean your lights - Check that all lights, indicators and rear reflectors are clean, and you are visible.
  6. Wash your windscreen and wipers - Give your windscreen a thorough clean inside and out and top up your screen washer fluid with antifreeze.
  7. Prepare for longer journeys - Before setting off on a longer journey, check the weather forecast, travel news and safest routes.  Also, allow extra journey time to avoid having to rush.
  8. Carry a winter car emergency kit – as below. 
  9. Check your cover - Comprehensive breakdown cover is crucial at this time of year and will give you the peace of mind of knowing you won’t end up stranded in the cold.

Other important areas – Try to always keep at least a quarter of a tank of fuel in case of unexpected delay and check the oil.

So, before the worst winter weather takes hold, be prepared and stay safe.