winter tyres
 
Although the winter hasn’t been too bad so far this year, there is still plenty of time for it to take a turn for the worse. And when it does, you need to be ready and have your car fully prepared for the driving conditions you could endure.

To give you a helping hand, the team at Universal Tyres have put together the most important winter checks you should carry out on your car this year.

Anti-freeze

Adding antifreeze to your coolant and windscreen wash lowers the freezing point of the liquid, so you don’t have to worry about the solutions solidifying when temperatures dip.

Lights

If you make regular journeys in your car, especially on the motorway, your car will soon become filthy. Even if you don’t have enough time to clean the whole car, make sure you clean the headlights so you remain as visible as possible when on the roads in the dark.

Battery

Car batteries don’t last forever, and if your car is more than five years’ old, it’s advisable to have it checked out and replaced if necessary to avoid any unwanted breakdowns.

Windscreen wipers

Repair any torn or damaged windscreen wipers, so your windscreen can stay as clean and clear as possible during your winter travels.

Fuel

Delays can spring up unexpectedly at any point in your journey, so you should always try and make sure you have at least a quarter of a tank of petrol. This way, you will be prepared for all eventualities.

Tyres

Your tyres should always have a minimum of 1.6mm tread on them all year-round, but in the winter, the recommended tread is 3mm for extra grip on the road surface. It’s also well worth considering winter tyres if you’re going to be making long journeys in your car this winter. Winter tyres have been specially developed to promote safer driving during turbulent weather, such as ice, rain and snow. In addition to this, tyre pressures should be checked regularly also.

Locks

When a bad frost arrives, the locks can freeze up. Simply squirt some WD-40 into the keyhole to unseize the lock. To avoid the actual doors from freezing up, apply a thin layer of vaseline to the door’s rubber seals.

In addition to the list above, there are other things you can do to make sure you are more than ready for the winter ahead:

Emergency kit

Make sure you have some emergency supplies in the boot of your car. This should include:

– Blankets
– Water
– Snacks
– First aid kit
– Road map
– In-car mobile phone charger
– Torch

If you live in the Ipswich area and are looking for a reliable, local garage to take your car to, whether for car servicing, an MOT or tyre fittings, please get in touch with us here at Universal Tyres and our team will be more than happy to help.