It’s important to keep your vehicle in good working order all year round, especially during the winter months. So with the help of the RAC, below is a list of what needs checking and how to do so!
If your car hasn’t been used in some time, you may need to charge the battery before using it. The RAC stocks a range of battery chargers and battery testing devices if you are unsure of how to check.
You wouldn’t have got through this post without seeing a tyre tip! You should already be checking your tyres on a monthly basis, however before a trip inspect the tread and ensure it is above the legal limit. When the temperature reaches 7° that’s when it’s best to invest in a set of winter tyres.
Find out more about tyre safety
Coolant should sit between the minimum and maximum markers, and have a sufficient amount of anti-freeze present. If you’re not sure how much is required, check the handbook or ask your local garage. Remember, anti-freeze is cheaper than engine damage!
Find out how to check your engine coolant
When checking screenwash levels, also ensure the concentration is suitable for the cold weather as not all screenwash is the same. Ideally look for protection down to -10° as without a good quality screenwash your washer pump could freeze leading to a fuse blowing.
Find out how to check your screenwash
Try not to turn on wiper blades if your windscreen is frozen and ensure you check for damage.
Find out how to check windscreen wipers
For further information and helpful videos from the RAC: http://bit.ly/1rTVcd8