Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Winter is coming.



Winter is definitely coming and although we might not have a 700 feet high ice wall and temperatures of -50c to contend with we still have some pretty challenging weather to contend with and this applies to none more so than motorists. It is surprising just how many of us don’t carry out a few simple and inexpensive checks to ensure we can safely make it through the winter safely so I have put together a list of things that we should really check on.

It goes without saying we need to start with the legal bits – it is important that we have tax, insurance and an MOT to comply with the law. Hassle-free booking of MOT Test in London is available at Iverson Tyres. Talking of tyres make sure they are the correct type and they are in good safe condition. You can get them checked during your MOT to ensure that they are of the correct tread depth, pressure and if necessary advice on the use of winter tyres depending on where you live and
the weather conditions you might expect.

Secondly there are a number of simple checks that can be carried out such as topping up all your fluids paying particular attention to the levels of anti-freeze in your engine and also the level and anti–freezing properties of your windscreen washer fluid, after all having either of these freeze can be a complete pain as well as being dangerous.

Thirdly pay particular attention to lights, make sure they are all working and are bright enough, also that the glass is always kept clean a simple wipe with a cloth now and again [this applies to number plates as well] will keep them at their best level of brightness and of course keep you legal in the eyes of the law.

Fourthly something that many of us overlook is that in winter the chances of getting stuck in jams or indeed breaking down greatly increase. We all assume it will never happen but look at the news being broadcast during severe weather conditions and think that could be me. So here are a few things that are quite useful firstly always ensure your mobile phone is fully charged before you set off on a journey however short as it may not always be possible to charge it in the car when you are in a jam or broken down and you may need to call the emergency services or call home to let family know you are okay. Also and I speak from personal experience here always carry what I call an emergency bag one that I can grab easily if I ever have the misfortune of having to leave my vehicle in adverse   way safely to the side of the road. My bag consists of warm weatherproof jacket and trousers, hat gloves, a hi viz vest, it also has a wind up torch so I do not have to worry about batteries, some chocolate and a drink also a flask of something hot if the weather forecast is really terrible. I also carry warm fluorescent jacket, spare lead and food for our dog as well.
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Fifthly and most importantly unless you really must travel in atrocious weather conditions, Don’t!  So there we have it winter is coming so like boy scouts everywhere-  Be Prepared.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
This is a collaborative post.

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