We can all be guilty of taking our vehicles for granted. We turn the key and expect them to work every time. Have we prepared for the journey?
We recommend you have an emergency kit in your vehicles this winter.
Ice Scraper – Clear all windows and remove all snow from the vehicle.
First Aid Kit
Warm Cloths and blanket
Sunglasses – Low sun and glare off the snow can be bright.
Mobile phone and charger.
Enough fuel for the journey plus extra.
Batteries – Cold, damp weather can play havoc on batteries as vehicle electrical systems have to work a lot harder at this time of year and starter motors require all the current they can get to start the engine on these cold mornings.
Coolant – It’s a sign your water pump is frozen if you hear a continuous squealing noise as soon as the engine starts. The fan belt will be slipping on the pulley. The cylinder block could be frozen too. Stop the engine immediately and allow it to thaw out.
Tyres – Like driving in mud the tread on your tyres will help your progress.
Screen wash – You will get through more than normal keeping the windscreen clear from spray from other motorists and gritted roads.
Windscreen wiper blades don’t last forever and are essential for clear visibility. Rubber perishes in the summer sun, road grime and airborne abrasives won’t help.