*Car Checklist For Autumn + Winter

Friday, October 12, 2018
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It's getting to that time of the year again for those of us who drive to start preparing for wintery commutes and being proactive to look after your car during one of the most hazardous times of the year to drive. Winter not only brings with it colder temperatures, darker days and potentially snow or ice, neither of which make driving easier or safer but it also brings blinding car headlights, which is one of the most frustrating and distracting aspects of driving at this time of the year for me. Here are a few points you should check or be aware of when driving your car this autumn and winter season:

Winter Tyres
This first point isn't completely necessary if you live in an area which isn't too affected by snow or ice over the winter period but it is something to look into if you do. Winter tyres or cold weather tyres are the most ideal option for driving on snow and ice which we even get in rainy, dull Manchester! They have wider gaps in the tread of the tyre so they provide increased traction with the road surface, compared to 'normal' tyres.

MOT & Car Servicing
In the UK an MOT is required by law so everyone has to have their car checked every year to make sure that it's safe to drive but you can also take it in for a service if you think there might be a specific problem. I'm a relatively new driver (it will be two years since I passed this December) so I think I'm still in that driving test mind set where I have to drive almost as if I'm on a test and I think that so many people become complacent after passing their test which can be so dangerous - especially if you become complacent about the health and safety aspects of your car too. There are so many aspects of you car that can dramatically affect it's performance and safety, some of which you can do yourself but other elements such as the battery need fitting by a qualified mechanic. For car batteries and other services in Dundee, check out Fife Autocentre.

Be Prepared & Proactive 
Lastly, if you think there's a problem then go to your trusted garage for a service - it's always better to sort a problem out before it becomes dangerous, especially with a car which could affect other vehicles or lives as well as your own. Additionally, it's worth well being prepared by adding blankets, a first aid kit, de-icer, tools and maybe even a snack or two to your car!

Do you drive? If you do, do you take any more precautions while driving in the winter months? Do you have any winter driving tips? 

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13 comments

  1. It's so important to take precautions during the colder months, the roads can be so bad when the weather gets colder!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  2. It is so important to prepare! We are starting the rainy season here and it can be so dangerous!

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  3. Car maintenance is so important in the Winter, especially if it's been snowing and icy

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  4. So important to make sure your car is winter ready.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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  5. I'd love winter tyres but definitely not prepared to fork out for them!

    Gemma Louise

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  6. This is on my to-do list for November! I need to get everything checked out for driving to uni - not fun though!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  7. I don’t drive but even I am aware of how important it is to prepare when travelling x

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  8. Some great points for taking care of the car in winter months x

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  9. This is a very helpful and informative check list xx

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  10. I'm always prepared with things like blankets and bottled water just in case I get stuck in the middle of nowhere!xx

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  11. Thankfully my husband's car passed it's MOT the other day!

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  12. this is an excellent informative post, thank you :)

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