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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.


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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
  • De-Icer
  • Blanket, Rug or Sleeping Bag
  • Salt, Sand or Cat Litter
  • Shovel
  • 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
  • Snacks

Checks for you (if extreme weather is forecast)

  • Winter clothing - coat, scarf, hat, gloves etc.
  • Waterproofs
  • 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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