Are you ready for the Winter roads?
Winter has arrived and so have the frosty mornings for motorists all over the country. You have cleared the ice from your wind-shield and popped a fresh cup of coffee in your cup-holder, but is it enough? The most important thing to consider as a motorist this Winter is your safety on our roads. With less hours of daylight and poorer weather conditions, the Winter presents new hazardous conditions to prepare for. With our Clondalkin Auto Clinic Winter-Checkup you can make sure you’re ready for the Winter roads, reducing your risk of breakdown over the season.
- Tyres – You should have at least 3mm of tread for driving in Winter conditions. Consider winter tyres for improved safety, checking the tyre pressure about every fortnight.
- Battery – This is the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old will certainly not perform correctly in the cold – get it checked by us and changed if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.
- Fuel – It is important to keep at least a quarter of your fuel tank filled at all times in case of unexpected delays or seasonal traffic issues.
- Lights – With low visibility on our roads, check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be seen clearly. Your bulbs must be up-to-date and performing correctly.
- Windscreen – Harsh weather conditions can mean your wiper blades are being put to the test over the season clearing sleet, snow and heavy rain. Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.
- Antifreeze – It’s important to check your coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Clondalkin Auto Clinic will check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection during a Winter Service.
- Screen wash – It’s recommended you use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.
- Car Doors Freezing – A handy tip for doors freezing in the cold weather is a small spray of water dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing up.
List of possible essentials for extremely bad winter weather conditions:
- High visibility vest
- Appropriate footwear in case you need to leave your vehicle e.g. boots
- A hazard warning triangle
- Spare wheel
- Tow Rope
- A shovel
- De-icing equipment (for glass and door locks)
- Spare bulbs
- First aid kit
- A fire extinguisher
- A working torch
- A car blanket, additional clothing & some food and water
Call into our garage in Weatherwell Industrial Clondalkin for your Winter Check and we’ll put your mind at ease. When it comes to motoring, the safety of you and your passengers is paramount.