If you are not prepared for driving in bad weather, you could be putting you and your family in danger. In our recent newsletter, we shared a few useful tips to help you stay safe on the road. So, in this blog, we take a closer look at some of the ways you can prepare your car for bad weather and the winter months ahead.
Pack your car with essential items
If your car has a breakdown or you’re stuck in a serious motorway incident, you could be waiting around for hours. Be prepared for the worst by having a blanket, bottle of water, a snack, such as nuts or chocolate, a torch and a warning triangle in the car boot. A spare travel battery pack for charging your mobile phone is also very useful, especially if you have to turn your engine off.
Check your car before you set off
There are some basic checks you can easily do yourself, which includes topping up your windscreen washer fluid with anti-freeze, checking that your lights are working and that you have enough air in your tyres, as well as your oil level. We also advise checking your coolant and brake fluid levels; if these appear to have significantly reduced over a short time period, this could be a sign that something may be wrong with your car.
Driving in bad weather Obvious as it may sound, always remember to adjust your driving to match the weather conditions. Torrential rain will cause water to pool on the road, which then acts as a lubricant and leads to slippery tyres. Slow down, allow more stopping distance, and change down your gears to reduce your speed, instead of slamming on the brakes.
Arrange a car safety check If you are unsure about your tyres or worried about your car battery, then we advise booking a safety check. At Jordan Motors, we only charge £10 to carry out a car safety check. And, we are happy to check your tyres free of charge.
Book an annual service One of the best ways to stay safe on the road is to make sure that you book an annual service before any bad weather sets in. A basic service includes checking your tyres, oil levels, wiper fluid, anti-freeze and brake fluid, and will reduce your chances of a car breakdown.
Driving unprepared in bad weather can be really dangerous, so keep you and your family safe by following our tips above.