Winter Driving Checklist - Everything You Need to Get from A to B in Safety
, the team at Hatfields Jaguar have created a Winter Driving Checklist. Covering everything your car will need, and everything you will need, to get from A to B safely; or remain warm and safe in the event of an accident.
With cold weather, snow and ice on the way it pays to drive carefully and simply take more time getting from A to B. Of course, sometimes breakdowns and accidents are out of our control; and thatís why itís so important to ensure that youíre prepared for the worst.
Fortunately, the team at Hatfields Jaguar have created a Winter Driving Checklist. Here is everything your car will need, and everything you will need, to get from A to B safely; or remain warm and safe in the event of an accident.
Winter Driving Checklist
Checks for your car
- Antifreeze - Do you have enough antifreeze?
- Battery - Has your battery been replaced in the last 5 years? Is it time to get a new one?
- Fuel - Do you have at least a quarter tank of fuel, in case of delays?
- Lights - Are your lights clean and working? Do you have spare bulbs in case of failure?
- Tyres - Do your tyres have at least 3 mm of tread? Do you require winter tyres?
- Tyre Pressure - Is tyre pressure sufficient? Have you checked in the past fortnight?
- Windscreen - Is your windscreen clean inside and out? Do you need new wiper blades?
- Screen wash - Do you use a high quality screen wash do avoid freezing over?
- Door seals - Have you placed Vaseline or polish on door seals to prevent them freezing?
- Door locks - Have you applied WD40, or another water-dispersant, on locks?
Checks for you (all year round)
- Fully charged mobile phone and in-car charger
- Sunglasses - even in winter, due to glare from low sun or snow
- Any necessary medication
- Warning triangle
- In-car first aid car
- Road map - in case of road closures or diversions
- Sat Nav or directions for all unfamiliar routes
- Details of breakdown cover and emergency helplines
Checks for you (during winter)
- Ice Scraper
- Blanket, Rug or Sleeping Bag
- Salt, Sand or Cat Litter
- Board or carpet to gain traction under wheels in case of snow
- Reflective clothing
- Torch and batteries
- Jump leads
- Tow rope
- Extra screen wash
- Snow chains - if driving in remote or rural area
- Drinking water
Checks for you (if extreme weather is forecast)
- Winter clothing - coat, scarf, hat, gloves etc.
- Walking or hiking boots
- Flask of hot drink
With a little preparation, itís possible to enjoy a stress-free winter and steer clear of danger and motoring troubles. Just follow this simple checklist and take time before heading on a journey. Whether itís preparing the car, or planning your route, it pays to prepare for winter roads.
The big question is: are you ready?
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