Winter driving tips from MC

December 2016

Follow these tips to ensure your vehicle is safe and winter ready with us at MC.

Check your vehicle

Antifreeze

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.

Battery

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.

Fuel

Keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.

Lights

Check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs.

Tyres

Should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least every fortnight.

Windscreen

Reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out.  Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.

Screenwash

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

This can be made at the start of winter and kept in your vehicle 

  • Ice scraper or de-icer
  • Shovel
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Water and snack food
  • Blanket/rug or extra clothing
  • Jump leads

When bad weather is forecast

  • Warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and warm clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Sturdy Footwear
  • Flask of hot drink

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