It is common knowledge that cold weather affects the functioning of most things, including our cars, which is why it is more likely that your car will break down in winter than in any other season of the year.
When it is cold, wet, and windy, we understand how much of a nightmare it is when you break down which is why we are always on hand with reliable roadside recovery services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
To help you understand how you can avoid a breakdown this winter, here are our top tips…
Most Common Breakdown Causes…
If you have read our previous blog on the most common car breakdown causes, you will know that many people breakdown due to the following reasons:
- Running out of fuel
- Incorrect level of oil
- Damaged wheels and tyres
- Locking yourself out of the car
- Mechanical or electrical faults
The majority of breakdowns can be avoided which is why we have created these 3 tips to help you avoid a vehicle breakdown where possible this winter.
Tip 1: Always Plan Your Journey
One of the most important things to do before leaving the house to go anywhere is to plan your journey. Much like how you would plan for traffic, you need to plan for the weather.
It changes every year but on average the UK gets 23.7 days of snowfall or sleet a year, so you need to be prepared for when that is going to happen. If the forecast has given out heavy snow, ask yourself, does this journey need to be completed or can it be delayed until a later date?
If you do need to travel, make sure you leave enough time to get there safely. Roads may be closed, traffic may be busier, and road conditions may be worse than usual, these are all things you need to plan for.
Tip 2: Book A Winter Car Check
Much like in our last blog, it is recommended that you book in for a winter car check. This will also help you to avoid a breakdown as you can ensure your car is in top shape for any planned journeys ahead. Typically winter car check technicians will inspect and fix your:
- Oil levels
- Antifreeze and coolant levels
One thing that seems foolish but is often forgotten about is your fuel levels. Always ensure you have plenty of fuel to get from A to B as you never know when you may be held up and need it.
Tip 3: Be Prepared
Sometimes breakdowns can’t be avoided, which is why we always recommend that you be prepared. This includes finding a preferred breakdown recovery assistance company, knowing what to do when you breakdown, and having the correct equipment if you do.
We often find that people dress for the car rather than the weather outside. Make sure that you bring along warm clothing in case you do breakdown and leave a pack of supplies in the boot. These supplies can include hand warmers, a first aid kit, warning triangle, food, water, visibility jackets, and additional warm clothing options.
It is important to stay calm if you do breakdown, find somewhere safe to stand or reside in your vehicle and make others aware of your presence by putting your hazards on, or if safe to do so, by putting out your warning triangle. Once you are in a safe destination, it is time to call your chosen breakdown assistance company. They will then be able to rescue you and your vehicle and ensure you reach a safer destination.
Choosing A Breakdown Recovery Company…
One of the easiest ways to find a breakdown recovery company is to find the advantages of each. We would always recommend choosing a company that offers a 24 hour service, works across the UK, and has vehicles equipped with onboard diagnostic equipment, (exactly like us!).
We know what it is like to break down during the dark and colder months which is why we are on hand to help. We work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help recover your vehicles and drive you to a safe location. Offering a wide range of recovery services, we are sure we have what it takes to help you get back to your family safely.
For reliable and professional breakdown assistance, get in touch with our team today. Simply give us a call on 0870 600 3444 or for further information about our car breakdown services, fill in our online contact form here.