It’s getting freezing out there now in the UK and there’s no time like the present to consider preparing your car for winter driving. Whether it’s icy roads or snow drifting in, you always need to keep your car maintained for all eventualities, so we’ve put together a selection of our top tips to ensure that your car remains safe and reliable on the road during these winter months. Read more!
As the autumn has now settled in for the UK and the temperatures are getting cooler, it’s a good time to think about those basic car maintenance jobs you’ve been putting off. We’ve put together a list of our top tips for maintaining your car in the autumn and keeping you safe during this changing season.
Despite the unusually warm weather for Halloween this year, it’s a good time to get your car ready for the winter now before it gets too cold. With Christmas coming up and the busy rush on the roads getting to see relatives at Christmas time, you’ll want your car to be well prepared for slippery icy roads, heavy rain and snowfall. This brief article will help you check your car’s vital signs for Winter in an update to our original article last year.
Determine fuel consumption, grip in wet weather and tyre noise via tyre labels
Since 2012, tyres have been clearly labelled to provide advice based on the tyres performance due to European regulation (1222/2009). You may also find the symbols on tyre websites, leaflets and promotional adverts. This enables you to choose the right kind of tyre for your needs and understand how it will perform in wet weather conditions, how fuel efficient the tyre is likely to be and the noise it may generate on contact with the road. This guide will help explain what you should be looking for and the meaning of each symbol on tyres.
A smooth ride on the road is not just down to good suspension and tyres. Wheel alignment and wheel balance can be checked at regular service intervals, or when new tyres are fitted. However, if you encounter problems with vibrations or drifting when driving check the following steps to try and determine the problem.
Looking after your car doesn’t just mean keeping the interior clean and the fuel topped up. Road safety is paramount and many people forget the simple checks mentioned in the highway code when they enter their car. Making sure you follow these routines not only keeps you legal on the road but are designed more importantly for your safety.
It’s getting close to that time of year again when the nights are darker and the weather is colder. Therefore, it’s best to get yourself prepared for all eventualities so you’re not left out in the cold should something with your vehicle go wrong. Here are our top tips on keeping your car running during the winter months. Read more!
Make sure that you check the tyre pressures on your car every two weeks at least. You can either visit a petrol station / garage and use their air line to test the pressure, then inflate / deflate as neccesary, or you can purchase a quality tyre pressure gauge and check it before you set-off. Doing this before a long journey is best, as the tyre pressure when the tyres are hot the reading isn’t as accurate as when the tyres are cold. Make sure you read your car’s manual for the correct tyre pressure for the load you are bearing. Sometimes you can find notes on tyre pressures either in your fuel cap flap or on the inside of the driver door, near the lock catch.