Check Your Car
Check coolant level regularly and if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your garage should check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection.
The most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold - get it checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.
Keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.
Check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be
seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs.
Should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least every fortnight.
Reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out. Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.
Use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.
Locks and door seals
Stop doors freezing shut with a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals. A squirt of water dispersant WD-40 in locks will help stop them freezing.
Winter Emergency Kit List
- Blanket, rug or sleeping bag
- Bits of carpet or thick cardboard to place under driven wheels to help regain traction on ice or snow
- Salt or sand – to help clear snow and ice
- Reflective jacket(s)
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Torch and batteries
- Snow chains (if you live in a remote or rural area)
- Battery jump leads
- Bottled water & Snacks
- Extra screen wash
- Spare bulbs & Warning triangle
- First aid kit