Admittedly, the weather is pretty mild at the moment, but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security – you should still make sure the car batteries and tyres on all your vehicles are ready for another blast of arctic weather.
Nobody wants to be caught out with a flat battery or tyres that aren’t up to the job of gripping wet or icy roads.
So to make sure that you are ready for another bout of wintery conditions on the roads in the coming weeks ahead by following these simple steps:
Make sure your battery is fully charged. Apparently battery failure is one of the most common causes of breakdown at this time of year, because itcan lose 50 per cent of its power when the weather is cold.
A lot of people think that car batteries should last forever, but like tyres, they have a limited life.
Sluggish starting is a sure sign that your car battery is getting old. As soon as starting becomes slow, it’s time to think about buying a new one – and remember etyres offer a free mobile fitting service for batteries as well as tyres.
And of course, check that your tyres are up to surviving a harsh winter. Incorrectly inflated tyres are not only unsafe, they also wear out faster and can increase fuel consumption by around 5%.
Also, the legal limit for tread depth is 1.6mm, but we recommend replacing them before they get this low.
Denna Bowman, Head Office