Green Flag has forecasted that 500,000 motorists will break down this month. And with the recent freezing weather creating dangerous conditions on the roads, it is worth being prepared – particularly if you are driving regularly for work.
Michael Barone, owner of Bedford garage Nitro Autos, has offered some prevention advice to help motorists avoid breakdowns this winter:
- WD40 on locks can keep them from seizing up for the season
- Use a good strong windscreen wash to avoid it freezing while driving, and have a new can of spray ready to thaw out the frozen screen before you leave. Don’t rely on the bit left at the bottom of the can from last year!
- Check your wipers and replace them if they are worn.
- Mend the chip on the windscreen. It might not have bothered you in summer, but when you turn the demister on full on a cold morning it is quite likely to crack the whole windscreen.
- Clean your headlights. Not just once a week, but every time you get into the car. If you can’t see where you are going, you may well not get there.
- Keep your battery healthy. They hate the cold and if not looked after will leave you hating the cold too. If the car is not being used regularly, make sure you turn it over daily to keep it boosted. If it shows signs of struggling, get it changed. Don’t just hope it will be better next time. It most probably won’t.
The Autofinity team also recommends keeping an emergency winter breakdown kit in the car as a precaution. Include a couple of warm blankets, some water and snacks, a charged spare battery for your phone (if it allows) and a torch. And always bring gloves and a hat, even if you don’t plan on walking any further than from your car to a nice warm building. If you get stuck by the side of the road you’ll be glad you did.