Get Your Car Winter Ready
Driving over the winter months is a testing time for drivers; with rain, snow, ice and dark evenings it’s not surprising that it’s the most common time for drivers to require roadside assistance. To stay safe and avoid being stuck in the cold this Winter, put your vehicle through PTA Garage Services winter checklist.
Before you set off
Plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted, and listen to local weather forecasts to know which areas to avoid.
Allow extra time for your journey during winter months and give yourself plenty of time before your set off as ice and snow often obscure vision during winter, so it is important to thoroughly de-ice or de-mist all windows before starting your journey.
It is also worth keeping de-icer or an ice scraper in your car over the winter period.
It is important to regularly check your tyres to ensure a smooth and safe journey. Your tyre tread should be no less than 3mm to cope with wet or icy conditions. Remember to keep an eye out for damage such as splits or bulges and check tyre pressures weekly. If possible, consider investing in winter tyres, which are specially designed to have increased grip in icy, wet and snowy roads. PTA Garage Services have a wide range of tyres available to suit winter driving.
Lights, heaters and wipers put high demands on your car battery, so it is no surprise that they often run down more quickly during winter than in warmer months. Try to avoid running electrical systems any longer than necessary and turn the heater fan down once windows are clear of condensation. Remember that car batteries rarely last longer than four years, so check your battery every week during the winter months, and keep an eye out for any of the following signs:
- Is your ignition taking longer than usual to turn over?
- Does it struggle when it does turn over?
- Do your headlights appear dimmer?
If you think your car battery might be coming to the end of its life, visit your local PTA Garage Services for a FREE battery health check.
It is important to keep your screen wash at the correct concentration over winter to ensure it doesn’t freeze. In extremely cold conditions, you can go without adding water to the fluid, as this helps to avoid it freezing in the washer nozzles and on the windscreen. Avoid using washing up liquid as it produces too much foam, or engine antifreeze which can damage your vehicle’s paintwork.
Keep well prepared and keep safe on the roads this winter.