Winter Vehicle Preparations

How To Prepare Your Car For winter

In the dark winter months it is really important that your car is prepared for wet and sometimes icy weather conditions to minimise the risk of being involved in a crash. Whilst it's impossible to remove all risk when you're driving, if you follow the tips below you will keep those risks to a minimum:

  • Ensure all tyres, including the spare, are correctly inflated (see your owners manual for the correct pressures for your vehicle)
  • Check tyre tread depths; 1.6mm is the legal minimum for cars but 3mm is advisable
  • Ensure you carry an effective ice scraper and de-icer
  • De-ice windows completely before driving
  • Ensure the windscreen washer bottle is full with the correct mix of screenwash, preferrably one designed to cope with minus temperatures
  • Check wiper blades are in good condition
  • Top up the anti-freeze in the cooling system (in winter you need a mix of 50-50 anti-freeze and water)
  • Make sure your battery is in good condition
  • Make sure all your lights are working, including indicators
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
  • Check your vehicle is in good running order by following the advice on our Maintaining your Vehicle webpage

Consider putting a winter emergency bag in the boot, contents suggestions include:

  • Blanket
  • Hi Vis jacket
  • Warm clothes
  • Wellington boots
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Jump leads
  • Shovel
  • Bottle of water
  • Road atlas
  • First aid kit


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