Winter has arrived and this can be a tricky time for motorists. Not only do the conditions make it harder to drive, but the weather can also take its toll on your vehicle as well.
This is why it is important to know what checks you should get carried out now to ensure that you are well-prepared for the coming months. Here are a few of the main checks to carry out.
Mud, dirt and debris can be a major issue at this time of the year as even a short drive can result in a covered windscreen. This is why you need to top up your screenwash fluid and do this periodically over the winter period. This will keep your windscreen clear to improve visibility (it is also a legal requirement to have screenwash).
Check the Battery
Battery issues are common at this time of the year and you certainly don’t want to find that the car won’t start when you need to get to work in the morning. Therefore, you need to test the battery to see whether or not you need to find replacement car batteries. A new car battery will also give you peace of mind knowing that your battery is in tip-top condition.
Get a Servicing
Now is the ideal time to get the car serviced so that you can get it checked over for any small problems and get various maintenance tasks carried out. This will ensure that your car is roadworthy and in the best possible condition heading into the winter months.
You also need to check the tyres over because you want to ensure that you do not have any problems when driving in wet and slippery conditions. Check the tyres for splits, bulges and general signs of damage and perform a tread depth test – 1.6mm is the legal minimum but it is recommended that you change if you have less than 3mm. You should also check the tyre pressure and keep this at the recommended level.
Clean Your Headlights
It is also important to clean your headlights to ensure maximum visibility – be sure to clean them throughout winter, especially after driving in wet/muddy conditions.
These are the main checks that you will want to do at this time of the year to get your car ready for winter. Hopefully, this will make driving in winter easier for you and keep your car in the best condition.