Driving home for Christmas? Motoring checklist.

DRIVING

Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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As winter arrives and gritters appear on our roads, here’s our 10 point guide to making sure you’re prepared for the seasons motoring hazards.

1. Anti-Freeze 

You car engine should contain enough mix so it doesn’t freeze. Check with your local garage for advice.

2. Battery 

This is where most people slip up. If your battery is more than 5 years old it may struggle in cold weather. Get it replaced or at least checked before it’s too late.

3.  Tyres

According to the AA, you must have at least 3mm of tread for winter driving. You can get specialist winter tyres for improved reliability and safety. Always remember to check your tyre pressure frequently.

4. Lights

Check your lights are clean and clear of mud. Carry spare bulbs so if one goes when you’re driving, you can easily replace it and carry on your journey. Test your lights frequently and before setting off on a long journey.

5. Windscreen

Don’t let low sun-slight this time of year dazzle you. Keep your windscreen clean inside and out and replace worn wiper blades.

6. Fuel

Sounds obvious, but keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of delays.

7. Screen wash

Use a good quality screen wash with a 50% mix to reduce the chance of freezing.

8. Frozen locks and doors

Coat your door seals with a thin spread of vaseline and spray your locks with a little WD-40 to prevent them from freezing up.

9. Take your time.

Add extra time to your journey to cope with delays without having to rush and check the weather before you travel.

10. Plan ahead.

Keep a warm blanket in your car and a box with basic food supplies and plenty of fluids. Keep a mobile phone charger close at hand.

Stay safe!

Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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