Archive | January, 2012

How to Avoid Getting Stuck This Winter

The breakdown recovery services always see huge increases in the levels of “breakdowns” during the winter months. This increase in so-called breakdowns are rarely down to real mechanical failures but actually down to poor maintenance and preparation.

Here are a few of the most common reasons for breaking down during the winter that can be easily addressed before you set out on your journey:

Antifreeze
Cars without enough antifreeze can see big problems if left in the cold. The water in the system and engine can freeze and therefore make the car impossible to start. In worst cases, the water will freeze and then expand and actually crack pipes and other essential parts of your engine causing serious damage and cost. Always check your antifreeze and top up as required.

Battery
One of the biggest reasons for breakdown during the winter season is a dead battery. During the winter months we are using our car batteries a lot more than usual and putting them under a lot of stress. We have our lights on, our windscreen wipers on and our heaters on and this means that the battery doesn’t get as much chance to charge as it normally does. Then combine that with the fact that batteries lose their charge quicker in cold weather and you can quickly see why so many people park up and return to a dead battery.
The easiest way to combat this is to check that you have a good quality battery connected. If so, make sure during the winter months that you try to give your car a good 30 minute drive every week without anything using the battery (e.g. no lights on, stereo off etc) just to make sure it is staying topped up.

Tyres
Poor quality tyres are one of the biggest reasons for crashes and getting stuck during the winter months. Your tyres are the only thing that connect your car and the ground together and therefore if the connection is of poor quality thanks to low tread then you are going to be experiencing problems. Make sure your tyres have plenty of tread. The legal minimum is 1.6mm but you should be looking for at least 2mm+ for winter months to minimise skidding and wheel spin.

Overall Check
Give your car an overall check-over to make sure everything is topped up and functioning correctly. The most important aspects are your lights, windscreen wipers, washer levels and your brakes. Then take extra care while driving and you should be able to enjoy a breakdown-free winter.

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