Winter car checklist

Are you like me and a bit rubbish when it comes to cars? I tend to leave it to the professionals on the whole when it comes to anything linked to the car. I’m ashamed to admit this even includes filling the tyres with air! I know Stuart could do it for me and I am sure he would but hey it is just as easy to get someone to do it for me! There are some really simple things that you can do to check your car over before we get hit by snow, slush and ice! Or in my case things you should ask others to check for you!

  • Check the tread on your tyres. If they are below 1.6mm they legally need to be changed but if they are well above this they should grip the road and you don’t necessarily need to spend money on “winter tyres”.
  • See if your air conditioning needs re-gassing. The air conditioning system is used to keep you warm as well as cool so if it isn’t kept on top of you will use more fuel. It is pretty cheap to get re-gassed so get it checked before the weather gets any colder!
  • Check you have plenty of de-icer for the really cold mornings. Pouring a boiling kettle on can crack your windscreen causing unnecessary expense and stress. If you don’t have de-icer then use luke warm water not boiling water.
  • Be sure to have blankets, water and snacks in the car so if you get stranded somewhere in deep snow you will be warm and have a little to eat and drink whilst you wait for help.
  • Remove unnecessary weight from the car. If you get stuck and your car needs pushing no-one will appreciate it if you have a boot full of junk. It also means when you are stopping on ice your car will be lighter and easier to manoeuvre. 
  • Check all the fluid levels such as windscreen washer liquid, oil, brake fluid etc. The time it takes to check these or have them checked could save you from an accident. 

Next time before you get in the car take a look at the tyre treads. If you are unsure get a professional to check for you and if in doubt replace the tyres. It may be an expense you would prefer to avoid but if that cost could save your life and the lives of your loved ones it is worth every penny. 

Always go to a reputable garage and ask your friends and family for recommendations if you are unsure. Safety is important and should never be compromised on if you can avoid it.

This post is a paid collaboration with Fife Autocentre to help keep you safe this winter. Get your cheap tyres in Stirling at Fife Autocentre. They do not compromise on the quality of tyres and their services. Visit your nearest branch today.

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