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Winter Car Check

A festive winter wonderland my look pretty, but cold weather can be a hazard to drive in. Make sure you are safe driving home for Christmas with our nine top winter car check tips for basic motor maintenance that will see you and your car through the festive season, through to spring and beyond.

Check your car battery

During cold weather, the car battery suffers a reduction in output due to the cold, but increased use of lights, heaters and blowers.  Your car battery should last about 5 years, so if you aren’t in a position to replace it but know it’s ageing, make sure you keep some jump leads in the boot.

Top up engine coolant with antifreeze.

Your engine coolant should be a half and half mix of water and antifreeze.

Check the condition of your tyres.

You should be doing this regularly anyway as driving with defective tyres can cause accidents and could leave you with points on your licence.

Clean your lights!

Check that all lights, indicators and rear reflectors are clean and well functioning.

Wash your windscreen and wipers

Make sure you have antifreeze in the screen wash, check for any chips in the windscreen, as these can grow in the cold weather.

Carry a winter car breakdown kit

Including a torch, power bank for your phone or car charger, hi-vis jacket, food and drinks, blankets, de-icer and ice scraper.

Check your cover

A good level of breakdown cover is crucial during the winter and will give you the peace of mind of knowing you won’t end up stranded in the cold.

Ask a professional

Some garages offer free or discounted winter checks so keep your eyes out for special offers.

If you do have an accident in the cold weather or at any time, call our claims helpline immediately on  0800 7834493 , or if you would like to add breakdown cover to your insurance, please contact us on 01803 659112