Winter car care is not only essential to keep your vehicle protected from snow, ice, and plummeting temperatures – it could also save your life.
Before you start any journey make sure your vehicle is fit for the road, ensure that the battery is well maintained and that there are appropriate anti-freeze agents in your radiator and windscreen bottle.
Annex 6 of The Highway Code NI states:
- Lights, indicators, reflectors and number plates MUST be kept clean and clear.
- Windscreen and windows MUST be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision.
- Lights MUST be properly adjusted to prevent dazzling other road users.
- Exhaust emissions MUST NOT exceed prescribed levels.
- Tyres MUST be correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specification for the load being carried. Always refer to the vehicle’s handbook or data. Tyres should also be free from certain cuts or other defects.
- Ensure your seat, seatbelt, head restraint and mirrors are adjusted correctly before you drive.
- Check the fluid levels in your vehicle at least weekly. Low brake fluid may result in brake failure and a collision.
- Ensure that items of luggage are securely stowed.
- Make sure that you understand the meaning of all warning displays on the vehicle instrument panel. Do not ignore warning signs; they could indicate a dangerous fault developing.