In this quick guide I will demonstrate how you check your car is ready for winter.
Under the Bonnet
Under the bonnet you will notice things are colour coded.
Checking the Engine Oil
- Remove dip stick
- At the end of dipstick you have a marker to check the oil level
- Unscrew oil cap and put the oil in, one pint at a time, let it settle for a few minutes.
- Check with the dipstick again until oil is visible.
Break fluid check.
- Look for the minimum and maximum level
- This is a visual check only.
- If you notice the level low, do not drive. Call your mechanic or your breakdown service.
Engine coolant check
- This is a visible minimum and maximum check.
Windscreen washer fluid
- A visual check
- It has a minimum and maximum level
- Use a third of the solution with water.
After checking under the bonnet the next thing to do is a visual check on the tyres.
You want to check the right side edge for tears and bulges.
Look at tread. The reason you have tread is to remove water from the tyre and it helps the tyre grip to the road and to break safely.
If tread runs flush with markers then it is time to change your tyres.
If you have a spare tyre in the boot, be sure to check that too.
Checking your lights is a visible check.
- Check that they are clean, and not damaged.
- Put the side lights on and inspect them.
- Check your dipped lights.
- Check your fog lights.
- Check the left and right indicator.
Do the same at the rear of the vehicle
Do a visual inspection to check they are clean and free from damage.
Get a friend to press the break pedal.
Next you want to check the Windscreen wipers and washer is working.
As you can see I have already topped-up with Windscreen washer fluid.
Make sure your wipers are actually clearing your screen, if not you may need new wipers.
There are a few common sense things you can do before you embark on your journey.
If the weather is particularly bad like heavy snow or dense fog, ask yourself do I really need to drive?
If you are going to drive, then you will need to remember the following:
- Check the weather forecast, take a little food and water with you.
- Have plenty of fuel at least a quarter level depending on your journey.
- Always have an alternative route planned.
- Be sure to charge your mobile phone in case you need to make an emergency call and finally subscribe to a breakdown service as be sure to have your membership card or details with you before you set off.