Now that the winter is upon us, it is wise to have your vehicle fully serviced before the dreaded cold and wet weather kicks in, and have your fluids tested and topped up. Be sure to stock up on de-icer, windscreen wash, oil and anti-freeze. As well as getting your vehicle serviced, why not carry out your own checks to ensure your motor is prepared for the winter?
Check that your lights are clean and working, your windscreen, wiper blades and windows are all clean and the washer bottle is filled with screen wash. Ensure your battery is fully charged, and that all five tyres (spare included!) are in tiptop condition, including tread depth and pressure. Also make sure your brakes are working well.
In extreme weather conditions, it’s advisable to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, especially if you’re planning on taking a long trip. Don’t think having an emergency kit is unnecessary, for what if you break down or find yourself stranded in your vehicle overnight due to a blizzard or flooded roads? How would you keep warm? What would you eat and drink? If you must drive in harsh weather conditions, be sure that your mobile phone is fully charged and you wear warm clothes. A torch is also always handy in case you become stranded at night. De-icing equipment is always handy to have on board, as well as a first aid kit in case you injure yourself.
Safe driving from Britannia!