Early 2016, though not the coldest U.K. winter ever, has certainly been the wettest in a long time. Heavy rain and high winds have disrupted road and rail transport, and brought traffic to a standstill in some parts of the country and it looks as though it’s here to stay with the arrival of Storm Gertrude.
With wintry conditions often causing an increase in motor breakdowns we recommend you prepare your car including having an emergency kit in your vehicle. Here are some other general tips so you don’t fall victim to five common causes of winter motor breakdown.
- Ensure your tyres are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Ensure the tread is 3mm deep to cope with the wet and cold weather.
- Despite the fact that the average battery can last three to five years – have it checked. If it doesn’t fully charge, replace it.
- Ensure lights operate to full strength and that you have a supply of spare bulbs in the car. Test your indicator and controls are working.
- Examine and if necessary replace the antifreeze in the radiator and check your oil.
- Inspect your windscreen wipers, ensure they haven’t worn down and that you have a winter additive to your wiper water bottle.
Check your insurance motor policy for the finer detail as breakdown cover is not always included. If you experience a breakdown, will your car be taken to a local garage for repairs whilst you are stuck waiting, or will it cover you and your car to be brought back to a garage near your home?
For more information please contact us.