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Tips for Driving in Winter Conditions

Posted on October 28, 2016

KennCo’s Winter Driving Checklist:

As winter is nearly upon us again we are advising drivers to service their vehicles and carry out a few simple precautions so you can drive safely over the winter months. Don’t get caught out this winter, make the necessary checks on your vehicle now.winter driving

Battery

Make sure to get your battery checked if it’s more than 3 years old before it leaves you stranded. Batteries can often struggle in winter due to the cold.

Tyre Maintenance 

Give your tyres a thorough inspection over the next couple of weeks.

  1. Check the pressure in each tyre.
  2. All tyres should have at least 3mm of tread.
  3. Check for bulges on the sides of tyres
  4. Check for signs of puncture, glass, nails or any other objects that could become embedded in a tyre.

Check out our article on tyre maintenance for more tips. 

Brakes

Get your brakes checked by an experienced mechanic to ensure all components are in good working order for winter driving.

Engine Oil 

When the engine is cold, remove the engine oil dip stick, wipe it clean and reinsert. You will see that there is a maximum and minimum marker on the dip stick. If the oil is anywhere between these two markers it’s ok to drive the car, however if below the minimum marker you shouldn’t drive the car until the oil has been topped back up. 

Lights

Make sure to keep your headlights and indicators clean and working. Replace bulbs if necessary.

Windscreen & Wipers

Give your windscreen a thorough clean inside and out before the winter kicks in as the low sun can be dangerous to drive if your windscreen is dirty. Inspect your wipers and replace them if they are worn.

Anti-Freeze

Check coolant levels regularly and if required, top up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze.

Prepare an emergency Kit

It’s always important to have an emergency driving kit in your car at all times. The emergency kit should include some items such as a high visibility vest, flashlight, extra batteries, water, de-icer and scraper, demisting cloth, car phone charger and a first aid kit. 

For more information on winter driving safety visit the Road Safety Authority website

Not only is it important to prepare your car for the winter, but you should also remember that winter weather conditions can increase the number of accidents on the roads. Having comprehensive car insurance is vital to cover any expenses or losses incurred as a result of a car accident. If you are looking for great value car insurance, KennCo provides all the cover you need. All our car policies come with windscreen cover and 24-hour breakdown assistance with home start. 

Call KennCo Insurance today on 014092600 for a quote. 

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