At John Clark Motor Group we would like to ensure that your car is safe to drive this winter. With winter rapidly approaching now is the perfect time to get your car prepared for the harsh conditions that can seriously affect your car's ability to remain safe and avoid breakdowns on the road.
You can now book your car in for a complimentary Winter Health Check at any of our dealerships and ensure you are road-ready for the cold months ahead. Using the button above, enter details of your vehicle and your preferred dealership and a member of our team will contact you to finalise your booking.
Our comprehensive winter check covers the following essential safety checks including:
Battery and Electrics
Battery is the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery that is more than five years old may struggle in the cold - so we advise to get this checked to save the inconvenience of unplanned failure. To save your battery turn off any non-essential electrical loads, avoid running any electrical systems any longer than necessary and finally use the starter in short five second bursts if the engine doesn't start quickly, leaving thirty seconds between attempts to allow the battery to recover.
Top up engine coolant with antifreeze, you will need a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. Check coolant level regularly. Antifreeze costs only a little, but a frozen engine will be very costly to repair.
Make sure your vision is not obscured in any way, either though dirt or snow. Make sure you clear the snow from your windows as well to ensure that this will not fall onto your windscreen whilst driving and obscure your view.
Make sure all bulbs are working correctly and our advise would be to carry spare bulbs to ensure you can always be seen clearly. You will need to always use headlights when visibility is reduced.
Rain and snow can make having a car more of a boost than ever before, but bad weather can take its toll, particularly on your tyres. When the temperature drops standard tyres stiffen. They become harder and less elastic, and this reduces their performance on the road. Your car's handling might become less precise, and if you need to brake suddenly you could find yourself in trouble, as stopping distances are increased. We recommend at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider changing your tyres to winter tyres- Fitting winter tyres is the tried, tested and approved option to boost your car's safety in the colder months.
Plan before you go
Prepare your car and journey at least ten minutes prior to your driving to ensure all you have time to clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer. It would also be a good idea to plan your journey and the roads you are going to take, preferably use major roads that will have been well-gritted.