With summer regrettably behind us and wintery precipitation just around the corner, now is the time to check your car is prepared for the change in road conditions.
Your first barrier against slipping and sliding when the road gets wet are your tyres. While 1.6mm is the legal minimum for tread depth, the British Tyre Manufacturers' Association states that cars fitted with winter tyres will stop up to 16 feet shorter than those fitted with summer tyres.
Three millimetres is the recommended tread depth for enhanced safety in an emergency, but even if your tyres met this standard when they were newly fitted, time and use can wear them away. To be confident when it counts, check your tyres still meet the safety recommendations.
Antifreeze is also a necessity for the new season, ensuring your engine starts even if the temperature drops dramatically. Your car should contain a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze – check that yours is full and the mix is correct before winter puts a freeze on your travels.
One thing the new season does promise is plenty of rain. If your wipers have been collecting dust and grime this summer, they are likely to need a good clean. You may even consider replacing them.
To help contend with the fresh dirt and salt that does collect over the coming months, filling up your windscreen washer fluid will help you maintain a clear view of the road ahead. Remember to use special automotive fluid designed to resist freezing or your cleaning supplies will be rendered useless when cold weather strikes.
If you'd like any further advice on preparing your car for winter, contact us at Lookers today.