When it comes to winter driving, you must be well prepared. At this time of year, the weather is unpredictable, and road conditions can make even short journeys trickier than usual. To make sure you’re ready for anything this winter continue reading our article and download our ultimate winter driving checklist.
De-icer and ice scraper
It’s a legal requirement to keep your front and rear windscreens clear when driving. It’s important to spend time clearing ice or snow from the windows before you set off. A spray de-icer helps to speed up this process, and an ice-scraper allows you to remove stubborn ice deposits.
The battery in your car is more likely to fail in cold weather. So keep a set of jump leads in your car. To use them, you need to have access to a car with a fully charged battery of the same voltage.
An in-car mobile phone charger
If you get lost or break down, you’ll need your mobile to call for assistance. So, keep a mobile phone charger in your car at all times.
Don’t forget to keep extra batteries, or buy a wind-up model.
Warm clothing and blankets
If you break down, it’s likely you’ll have to stand outside the vehicle so keep some warm clothing such as a thick coat, gloves and a hat in the car.
It’s a good idea to keep a pair of shoes with good grip in your car. When it’s wet, icy or snowy, the ground can be slippery underfoot.
A shovel can help you get the snow away from your car. If you can’t fit a regular shovel in the boot, foldable ones are available.
A sat nav or map
Winter weather can make driving tricky, so if you’re embarking on a long drive, you’ll want to make sure that you’re going the right way.
A pair of sunglasses
Even in winter, the sun affects your visibility. Its glare can make it difficult to see the road. To avoid being dazzled, keep some sunglasses in the car.
You can download and print your copy of our winter checklist here. Please don't forget to pass it on to your friends, family and colleagues. Stay safe this winter season!
Call Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port Garages today for a free no obligation Ellesmere Port car repairs quote and book a winter Ellesmere Port car servicing appointment for your car or van at the same time.