Seasonal Tips from Tanbury.
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During the winter months it is even more important to check that your vehicle is well maintained and in good running order. Some tips that we hope will help survive the unpredictable British winter weather.
Before You Travel
It is vital to be prepared for tough weather conditions especially if you are taking a long trip, therefore before you set off on your journey ensure you have:
A winter weather kit complete with:
- Fully charged mobile
- De-icer and ice scraper
- Warm clothes and boots
- Extra food and drink
- High visibility jacket, warning triangle, torch and first aid kit
- Jmp leads, tow rope and shovel (if you are in an extremely badly affected area)
Plan your route using main roads where possible and try to drive on gritted road.
Always check your route and also the weather forecast for your planned route, prior to departing.
Clear all windows of snow and ice including the roof of your vehicle. Allow extra time for journeys.
Car Safety Checks
Check all tyresí condition, pressure and depths. A 3mm tread is recommended for driving in winter weather.
Ensure you know how to change a wheel if necessary and also have a working jack and wheel brace.
Try to avoid running car electrics longer than needed. When starting your engine, ensure wipers, lights and rear screen heaters are all switched off. If your engine doesnít start quickly, leave 30 second bursts between attempts to allow your battery to recover.
Batteries rarely last over five years, therefore it is better to replace them before the end of their life and save yourself a lot of time and inconvenience at the side of the road when they finally fizzle out on the roadside.
A 50-50 mix of both water and antifreeze is required in the cooling system throughout winter weather and can help prevent hundreds of pounds worth of engine damage.
If your fan belt squeals once the engine has started the cylinder block or water pump could be frozen. Stop the engine and allow it to thaw out. This may take several days unless you can move your car to a heated garage.
Ensure your windscreen is clean and clear, as the low winter sun can often dazzle causing your vision to become blurred.
Check you have topped up your screenwash levels and keep windows and windscreens clear. If your vision is obscured through dirt and snow on the windows you could face a fine. Donít use water as this will freeze.
Don't use boliing water to initially de-ice your windows, it will re-freeze and cause serious visibility problems, not to mention it will also potentially damage windows as glass may crack.
Use air conditioning for faster demisting and to reduce condensation on cold windows.
Once you have parked your car, ensure your wipers are switched off when there is a risk of freezing. If you donít do this and your blades freeze to the screen then you could damage the blades.
Once you have your vehicle ready for your journey then here are some helpful hints to help you drive more safely in snow and ice:
- Remember stopping distances can be up to 10 times longer on ice and snow.
- Listen to travel news while you are on route to your destination.
- Ensure you are wearing dry comfortable shoes, wet and snow covered shoes will slip on the pedals.
- Select second gear when pulling away and gently ease your foot off the clutch.
- Choose third or fourth gear when you are driving downhill to help prevent skidding.
- Try to maintain a steady speed and choose the most suitable gear in advance to avoid changing gears whilst driving uphill.
- Try not to brake, use your gears to reduce your speed.
- If you get stuck, try to straighten your steering wheel and clear snow from your wheels.
- If you feel your car begin to skid, depress the clutch and steer your wheel into the skid. DONíT BRAKE!
When spring is in the air... it is car inspection and cleaning time.
Winter dirt and grime builds up almost unnoticed during the cold months of the year, and needs to be removed as soon as warmer weather arrives.
But once the car is clean, motorists may find that more work is required, especially after the coldest winter in 30 years. Give your car a once-over to see if there is any obvious need for repair. There may be chips and scratches under the layers of grime, and these should be attended to.
The underside of the car may have suffered most of all during the winter months. Salt, snow, chemicals, and grit can become lodged in the underside and wheel arches. To avoid corrosion, any dirt should be removed to avoid the ravages that are accelerated by these drying on the car. It is best to hose down the entire underside. They also have a detrimental effect on rubber components such as drive shaft gaiters, silent block bushes and shock absorbers.
Why not let us give your car a quick once over to ensure your vehicle is fit for the spring and summer months ahead.