Check Your Anti-Freeze
Neglecting to check and replace the anti-freeze in your car’s radiators can result in costly problems with your engine. If the radiator freezes then the car will begin to overheat very quickly and you will need to stop the car and allow the radiator to thaw so that the coolant can circulate again.
Check Your Lights
Car lights Visibility is key in winter, not just you being able to see, but other drivers seeing you. You must check that all your lights are working, including break lights and reverse lights and that they are clean and aimed in the correct direction.
Keep Your Windscreen Clean
The roads are very dirty in the winter so make sure you have enough wiper fluid on-board and that your wiper blades are in good working order. Any cracks or chips in your windscreen can worsen the dazzling effect of the sun, so best to get them seen to.
Replace Your Battery If It Shows Any Signs of Failure
Having your battery fail in the depths of winter can be a big problem. A battery will generally last for 5 years so if it is at the end of its life you should think about replacing it. If the engine doesn’t start quickly leave 30 seconds between attempts to give the battery time to recover and make sure all non-essential lights are turned off to help protect battery life.
Check Your Tyres
You should regularly check your tyres all year round, but it is essential to check them in the winter, as roads are wet and slippery. At least 3mm of tread is recommended for winter driving and you should also make sure that the pressure on all your tyres is correct. You shouldn’t reduce your tyre pressure to get more grip, it doesn’t work! You should also make sure that you have a jack in the car and that you know how to change a tyre.
Use Your Brakes Properly
The key to safe braking in bad weather is to do everything gently. Drive slower and apply the brakes gently well in advance of any danger to avoid skidding. If you do end up skidding, release the brakes and de-clutch. After going through any deep water or snow, check your brakes as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Whether you are embarking on a long journey this winter or travelling a short distance to visit friends, you could find yourself stranded at any time. It is important to make sure that you are carrying the following items in your car.
Prepare For Your Journey
Avoid stressful journeys this winter, get up 10 minutes earlier to prepare your car. Scrape all of the ice or snow from your windscreen, not just a small section in the drivers’ side. Check live traffic updates and weather updates as you travel. If you are visiting friends or family, let them know what time to expect you and which route you’re taking.
Adjust Your Driving
During the winter many roads are usually treated with grit or salt, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t hit any ice, or worse still, black ice. Remember that stopping distances are 10 times longer when driving in ice and snow. Slow down when you come to junctions, corners and going under bridges. Be aware that ice may be worse on roads that are used infrequently.
Getting Moving Again
If you do get stuck in the snow this winter, straighten up your wheels, clear the snow from in front of them and lay down some form of grip such as soil or sand. Once the car is moving again try not to stop until you are on firmer ground.
In order to make sure your Jaguar is fully prepared this Winter, arrange to bring your vehicle in for a free health check. Our factory-trained technicians will perform a thorough multi-point visual check to verify that your vehicle is fully prepared to face winter driving challenges, so you can drive away confident that everything is just right.
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Not all winter tyres are created equal, and your Jaguar demands high performance. Jaguar Approved Winter Tyres offer up to 59% shorter braking distances than summer tyres. They’re not just for snow and ice, either, with their special low-temperature compounds and up to 1500 tiny sipes to disperse rain, slush and ice, they offer better grip than summer tyres whenever the temperature drops below 7°C.
Jaguar Retailers can organise the secure storage of your summer tyres in one of our regional tyres hotels to maintain their condition throughout the winter months, whilst handling the fitting of your winter tyres. This complete service costs just £96 including VAT for up to 6 months storage.
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