During the cold winter months CRASH Services see a significant rise in breakdown call outs. So if you want to avoid being stuck on the side of a road, here’s 5 steps you can take to avoid it.

Battery

Batteries do not last forever, and those that are more than 5 years old will struggle more in the cold weather. So, if you know your battery has not been replaced or checked in a while, book it in to avoid any unwanted faults occurring in the future.

Fuel

Due to the disruptive weather and the increased amount of traffic on the roads, there are higher risks of delays. Make sure you always have at least a quarter of a tank full of petrol, so you aren’t caught out if stuck in a huge traffic jam!

Antifreeze

It’s important to check the coolant levels on a regular basis. This will prevent the water in the cooling system from freezing when temperatures plummet. Make sure it is at the correct level, and if it isn’t, then top it up with the right type of antifreeze for your vehicle. The concentrate will need to be diluted so it is a solution of half concentrate and half water.

Tyres

With slippery road conditions in the winter, you need to have at least a minimum of 3mm tread of all tyres. It is also advised that you check the tyre pressure against the manufacturers’ guidelines

Lights

From driving in rain, sleet, mud, snow and any other winter weather, your car will become noticeably dirtier than usual. Clean the lights to make sure you remain as visible as possible at all times.

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