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Preparing your car for winter

Preparing your car for winterWinter can be a tough time for drivers. With busier roads, adverse weather conditions and dark nights, it is important that you take all of the precautions you can to ensure the safety of yourself and others. One way you can do this is by thoroughly preparing your car for winter. Here’s how you do it:

Check your tyres

Taking care of your tyres is important all year round, but in the winter it becomes even more vital. With frost, ice and snow likely to affect our roads this year, you’ll need to make sure you get the maximum grip from your tyres. There are two ways of doing this: maintaining your tyre pressure and checking your tread level.

If your tyre pressure falls too low, your grip on the road will be compromised. You should always keep your pressure topped up to the level specified by your car manufacturer. This is relatively easy to do, as most petrol stations and garages offer the use of an air machine.

Check your tyresLetting your treads fall to below 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of your tyre is not only going to compromise your grip, it is also against European law. You can easily check how deep your treads are by placing a 20 pence piece in the grooves, as shown in this YouTube video.

Top-up screen wash

With grit and more dirt on the roads, winter makes it more important than ever to maintain your screen wash levels.

Top-up screen washTravelling for extended periods of time can be dangerous if you have ran out of screen wash. If your windscreen becomes dirty, you will be unable to clean it and your vision could be impaired. To avoid this, regularly check your levels; if running low, top-up with a mixture of screen wash detergent and water, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Arrange for a repair

Unfortunately, there’s only so much that we can do before we have to call in the professionals. If you’ve had a niggling problem with your car that you’ve been avoiding getting fixed, now is the perfect time to do it, before we are fully immersed in the winter weather.

Money can be tight around this time of year and we’re all looking for ways to save cash. Rather than go to a dodgy mechanic, use sites like Who Can Fix My Car. Post your repair onto their website and local mechanics will contact you with quotes. This way, you can be sure that you’re not paying over the odds for a service that could cost less down the road.

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