Is your vehicle ready for winter?

As the weather worsens and we begin to experience a few days of freezing temperatures, it acts as a good reminder that we need to check if our vehicles are ready to meet the winter challenges. Winter car care is not only essential to keep your vehicle protected from snow, ice, and plummeting temperatures – it could also save your life.

It is a legal requirement to make sure your vehicle is fit for the road. In winter, due to the harsh weather conditions, we need to ensure that the battery is well maintained and that there are appropriate anti-freeze agents in your radiator and windscreen bottle. In winter weather, take special care that lights, brakes, steering, exhaust system, seat belts, demisters, wipers and washers are all working. Plus, check the fluid levels in your vehicle at least weekly. Low brake fluid may result in brake failure and a collision.

The Highway Code NI advises how to keep your vehicle in a legal and safe condition.

Before you start your journey you must be able to see clearly, so clear any snow and ice from your vehicle. During your journey keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads. See here for further information on ‘Driving in adverse weather conditions’.

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