As the colder months arrive, attention turns to motoring safety. From ice to rain and everything between, vehicles will be put through their paces in winter, so you will want to know that yours is ready for the challenge. Here is our guide to preparing and maintaining bulbs, batteries and blades.

Bulbs, Batteries and Blades Maintenance Tips

Car batteries

Colder weather affects car batteries and many of us have faced a car that refuses to start. This happens because cold weather affects the chemical process within the battery that produces and stores electricity. This reduces the battery’s capacity to hold a charge.

Wiper blades

You probably don’t need reminding, but during the autumn and winter in the UK it rains – a lot! The key to keeping a clear view during a downpour is your windscreen wiper blades. They are often overlooked by motorists, but the condition of the wiper blades has a major impact on road safety. If they are not up to the job, visibility is going to be greatly reduced.

Check your blades for signs of wear and tear

Few parts of your car are more exposed to the weather than the windscreen. It picks up everything from salt to dirt – all of which damages wiper blades. We recommend you replace your wiper blades every 12 months, irrespective of apparent wear. Whether you have recently changed them or not, still regularly check them for any damage.

Ensure screenwash is topped up

Screenwash is designed to stop your windscreen from getting smeared.

Car bulbs

As the nights draw in, visibility becomes more important than ever. Not only will you need good visibility, but other motorists have to be able to see you too. That’s why car bulbs are vitally important. If one fails or becomes dimmer, it needs to be replaced.

Replace bulbs in pairs

You should change your bulbs in pairs: It saves time and ensures consistent light quality.

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