Coping with cold, snow & ice

With winter officially here, it’s time to start thinking about how the change in seasons may affect your driving. Wet roads, dazzling sunlight and early morning frost are just some of the dangers to consider. We’ve put together just some of the steps you can take to ensure you’re safe on the road this winter.


Low hanging sun

The sun sits much lower in the sky during Winter which means there is the potential for hazardous driving conditions. This along with an icy windscreen, scratches on the windscreen and an intensely bright low sun can all lead to poor visibility.


Wiper blades

Windscreen wiper blades do deteriorate over time. They will often go unchanged which means they don’t clean your windscreen effectively and can even cause scuff marks. If they have worn down, this is the perfect time to swap them for some new ones.


Windscreen wiper fluid

Your windscreen wiper fluid will ensure all dirt is removed quickly whilst driving. Ensure you use a high quality fluid that has a purpose made additive to reduce the chances of the liquid freezing.


Bulbs

We often don’t know a bulb has gone until we are driving in darkness. It’s important to check all lights at least once a week. With the nights drawing in earlier, it’s imperative to check your headlights, number plate lights, indicators and brake lights are all work correctly.


Tyres

One of the best ways to ensure you’re safe on the road is to look after your tyres. Pressure and tread depth is something you can check once a month to improve your safety. A survey conducted by Tyre Safe showed that 27% of people replaced their tyres when they were already illegal. Whilst the legal requirement of a tyre tread is 1.6mm, look to get your tyres changed at 3mm as your braking distance is significantly reduced after this point. If your tyres are found to fall short of the legal requirement you could face a fine of up to £2,500 along with 3 points on your licence. The optimum tyre pressure for a vehicle can be found in the handbook.


Antifreeze

You don’t need to wait for Winter to arrive before checking your Antifreeze. A frozen engine will put a halt on all driving and could leave you with a big bill. Your handbook will detail the type you should use for your specific car as well as instructing you on the measures to use. Alternatively you can make use of the Burrows Winter Check. We check all of your levels and ensure the correct anti freeze is used.


Be prepared

Even the most well maintained vehicle can encounter unforeseen problems and incidents. Here is a list of just some of things that you should have in your vehicle as and when you need them: A mobile phone and in car charger Warning triangle Spare light bulbs First aid kit Sunglasses Torch Water Blanket At Burrows we offer a comprehensive Winter Check. We will check a range of areas to ensure you and your car are safe over the coming months. Plus we will give you a free Winter Care Kit which includes a torch, gloves, foil blanket, screen wash and a microfibre demise pad. Priced at only £19.99 there’s no reason not to delay!