Drive Safe In The Cold
As colder weather bites, your car (or van) becomes more vulnerable to breaking down. Of course, this is not only an inconvenience, but can be expensive, time consuming and could also leave you and your passengers stranded in a potentially dangerous situation.
Here are a few top tips to help keep you safe. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our ‘Safe Driving’ leaflet too.
Don’t let air out of your tyres to achieve additional grip – it doesn’t work, and it’s unsafe. Incorrect tyre pressure will cause issues with a vehicle’s handling, and it can also have an adverse effect on fuel efficiency.
Checking your tyre pressure is a quick and easy job to perform, so next time you fill your tank, fill your tyres too.
Your vehicle has an increased demand on the battery during the colder months as we use our lights, wipers and heaters more frequently.
If your battery is more than 5 years old or showing signs of struggling, it might be time to get it replaced.
Vision & Visibility
Make sure you clean your windscreen inside and out, and keep all windows clear of dirt, snow and stickers.
Replace damaged or worn windscreen wiper blades.
Check and use an additive in your screenwash to reduce the chance of it freezing.
Make sure all lights are working and lenses clean and ensure your number plates are visible to avoid a fine.
Use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. If you use your fog lights, ensure they are switched off when visibility improves to avoid dazzling other road users.
It’s good practice at any time of year to check your vehicle for potential problems and perform any required maintenance before something goes wrong. A partial or full service ahead of winter will check the key functioning areas of your vehicle.
Check Your Fluids – Motor vehicles rely on their fluids to keep running, such as engine oil, anti-freeze, brake fluid, windscreen washer and power steering fluid.
Before darkness descends or before a long journey, check the various fluid levels or take your vehicle to a garage to check for you.
If you already have some, check to ensure it’s not lapsed, and check to ensure you have adequate cover.
Breakdowns and accidents happen, and if it does, it’s good to know that you have breakdown cover to hand. Our single, multi-vehicle and fleet insurance customers have the option to include RAC breakdown cover, which automatically includes Roadside Recovery, Home Start & Full European cover for as little as £50 per vehicle, per year.