Car breakdowns traditionally increase as the winter progresses.
Breaking down in bad weather is no fun at all
– while we can’t stop the rain or snow from falling,
One Stop Motorist Centre can help to make sure your car is in tip top condition
ONE STOP CAN DO THE FOLLOWING
Ensure your tyres are in good condition (legal limit of 1.6mm) and pressures are right.Underinflated Tyres Also Waste Fuel & increases tyre wear, which could wear through a set of tyres in just a year. Need another reason?
If you are doing a lot of driving over the winter, invest in some winter tyres,
Tyre treads are important all year round but, in wet or icy conditions, you will depend on them for safety.
Have your battery checked before winter , as the battery is is being used it its maximum, as you use your lights, heater, heated screens, wipers etc a lot more
Ensure your anti-freeze Level & Strength has been tested and is below -15 or below If you forget to top up your antifreeze in cold conditions, you won’t be going very far at all.
Check the water tank under your car’s bonnet once a week or before long journeys.
If the level is below the minimum and maximum marks on the coolant reservoir, it’s too low. Refill with a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze to help prevent freezing, which could crack your car’s engine block.
Ensure all Oil levels are topped up
Your Vehicle Has plenty of screen wash
Make sure your windscreen wipers are in good condition not split or rubbers gone hard as will make driving harder at night It is vital that wiper blades clear the screen efficiently and safely. An unclear windscreen could net you a fine of up to £1,000 for driving with restricted vision.
check on all your lights
TIPS For Defrosting Your Windscreen
1. Turn on the engine and switch the defroster to the highest setting
2. If you have air conditioning, turn it on (most cars will as you turn on the defroster)
3. Gently lift the windscreen wipers off the glass and replace to ensure they’re not stuck
4. Brush any thick lumps of snow off the windscreen, mirrors and windows
5. Spray de-icer onto the windscreen
6. Use an ice scraper to remove frost from your windscreen
Avoid pouring hot water onto mirrors, windows or the windscreen – this can shatter the glass or refreeze quickly, restricting your vision.
Stay near your car when de-icing. Keep your engine off, doors locked and handbrake on when de-icing. If you leave your car while it’s running you’ll leave it exposed to theft.
Get equipped in case of emergency
Carrying a few small items in your car could come in handy in the event of a breakdown. We’ve come up with ten essential items:
1. Scraper and de-icer
2. Warning triangle
3. First aid kit
4. Reflective clothing – jackets, armbands and stickers
6. Jump leads
7. Food and a warm flask of water
8. Mobile phone with breakdown firm contact details
9. Tow rope and shovel