Free Winter Health Check
When you bring in your vehicle for a winter health check, we carry out a comprehensive inspection in order to promote safe driving and to help maintain your car's performance. Included in the check will be the following:
Engine oil level
Screen wash fluid level
Steering Fluid level
Battery Security and Electrolyte level
Brake fluid level
Clutch Fluid level
Auto Transmission Fluid level
All Wiper Blades for security and condition
All tyre pressures including spare
Tyres for condition/damage
Operation of all external lights
All glass and mirrors for cracks/chips
Radiator and coolant hoses for condition, security and leaks
Fan/Alternator & PAS belts for condition and security
Winter Driving Tips
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.
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.