Top tips for driving in the cold, snow and ice
Here at Wilson & Co, we want to make sure you are ready for another ‘Beast from The East’ when the time comes, so we not only have a special Check and Treat offer available for all Vauxhall owners, but we’ve also created a ‘Stay Safe and Be Safe’ guide for the colder months.
Take a look here to make sure you are able to handle the harsh winter:
Consistently cold temperatures will impact the way your vehicle starts and the way it runs. So, above all else you need to make sure that your fluid levels for oil and water, and particularly your anti-freeze, are topped up.
Always keep your petrol or diesel tank at least half full. When you start running on an almost empty tank condensation and moisture will build in the system - and if this freezes your car won’t be able to start.
Make sure your tyres are inflated and to the right pressure, because when the temperature drops, so does tyre pressure. Tread is equally important, and it is recommended to have at east 3mm tread, even though the legal minimum is 1.6mm.
Winter means less daylight to drive in, so be sure that all your lights are working correctly and that you have replacement bulbs handy, just in case.
The cold weather is like Kryptonite for car batteries, so make sure you get yours tested early so it’s in good working order and can survive whatever the elements throw at it.
Wheel tracking is something else that’s easy to miss, but certainly hard to forget if it goes wrong. If your car’s tracking is off it can wear tyres quicker and make it harder for you to steer.
When faced with cold and aggressive weather, it can be very unsettling and dangerous if you find yourself in a broken down vehicle - particularly with no provisions.
That’s why it’s just as important to consider what’s best for both yourself, and your car, if the bad weather brings your journey to a sudden halt. So before starting your trip, why not put some emergency supplies in the boot, such as:
Appropriate footwear should you need to leave your vehicle
- De-icing equipment (for glass and door locks)
- Spare bulbs
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Blanket and additional clothing
- Food and water
- Mobile phone charger
The key to your winter driving success is the preparation you put into getting your car organised and ready for the weather. Whatever Mother Nature has in store, you can be sure you’ll be ready to tackle it all.