Preparing Your Car For Winter

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Winter is fast approaching and this can be a worrying time even for an experienced driver. Trying to drive with low visibility and/or on roads that are wet or icy can be incredibly dangerous, plus the low temperatures and conditions can take their toll on your vehicle. So, what can you do to get your car ready for winter?

Check the Tyres

One of the most important steps is to check your tyres. You will want to check that the tread depth is at least 1.6mm (the legal minimum) but consider changing if they are anything less than 3mm. It is also a good idea to check the tyre pressure and general condition of the tyres. Changing to a winter set could be worthwhile if your tyres have seen better days.

Top Up Your Fluids

You don’t want to encounter any issues while driving during winter, which is why you need to check and top up the various fluids that keep your car going. This will include your engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and windscreen washer fluid.

Get the Car Serviced

It is a smart move to get the car serviced before winter arrives as this will get your car in the best possible condition for this challenging season. In addition to this, it will also give you peace of mind knowing that your vehicle has been serviced by a professional and that there are no pressing issues to be aware of.

Pack an Emergency Kit

It is hoped that you will never have to use it, but it is smart to have a winter emergency kit in the car in case you have an accident or break down. This should include items such as:

  • Ice scraper
  • Shovel
  • High-vis jacket
  • Spare clothes
  • Blankets
  • Food and drink
  • Phone charger
  • Torch
  • First-aid kit

Arrange GAP Insurance

The chances of being involved in an accident during the winter months is much higher. This is why it is a good idea to arrange GAP insurance if you do not have it already, which could save you a fortune if you end up writing the car off. Many wonder is GAP insurance worth it? In this situation, you would only get the current market value for the vehicle from a comprehensive insurance policy that could leave you short due to depreciation. GAP insurance will cover the difference/amount outstanding on a finance agreement so that you are not left out of pocket.

These are a few key steps to take now that could make a big difference once winter arrives. This is a difficult time for all motorists as it can be much more dangerous to drive during winter, but these steps will get your vehicle prepared and hopefully stop you from having any issues during the colder months of the year.

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