As the hours of daylight starts to shorten and winter weather becomes more of a problem for motorists, this point of the year can be a good time to carry out a number of important checks to your vehicle to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be for whatever the winter months choose to throw at you.
As a dedicated tyre garage one of the first things any member of staff at Derek Campbell Tyre and Exhaust Centre will tell you is how important tyres are to ensuring your safety on wet or icy roads. Whilst this is certainly an important aspect of vehicle safety, it’s not the only one, and we believe that taking a rounded approach is the only way to make sure that you are prepared this winter.
Always Check Tyre Condition
As a Tyre Specialist, there’s really no better place for us to start at than by checking the condition of the tyres on your vehicle. Look for obvious problems first like physical damage or signs of wear and tear.
If you do plan on committing to a high mileage over the winter – even if it’s just over the holiday season – which will bring you into contact with snow or icy conditions, it may be worthwhile to consider getting winter tyres for the journey. These tyres give the driver a better contact on the road and will improve your grip in adverse weather conditions.
Stay Safe This Winter
Other important things to think about for include:
- Windscreen Wipers – switch off when parked and do not switch on before checking that they are not frozen onto the windscreen
- Windows – make sure you have clear visibility in all directions
- Antifreeze – keep a ready supply of this handy
- Lights – switch on in bad weather so other drivers can see you
- Vehicle Battery – check condition, especially if battery is more than five years old
- Exhaust – if you hear a roaring or a rattling noise in the exhaust, get in checked quickly
As a final note, a common story that we encounter all the time from various sources is that reducing the pressure of your tyres will improve your grip on the roads – this is simply not true and if anything you should be extra cautious during this time of year and make sure that your tyres are fully inflated and at the correct pressure.