3) Check your tyres
This is a check that should already be a part of your everyday driving routine, but again comes into particular prominence in the winter months. As the only point of contact with the road, and as elements crucial to both steering and braking, our tyres are paramount to both safety and comfort.
Our tyre’s tread depth dramatically affects our traction with the road and therefore our stopping distance. Ensuring your tyres have a tread depth of at least 3mm is recommended in winter as opposed to the legal limit of 1.6mm. You may also have the option of changing to winter tyres which are specially designed to optimise performance and safety in winter conditions.
As always, it is also imperative to check your tyres for general wear and tear. This includes bulges, tears or cracks anywhere on the tyre surface.
4) Check your lights
As the clocks change and the darker nights and mornings hit, maximising visibility with effective lights is imperative to the safety of all road users. Regardless of how much use your lights have had over the summer months, we recommend doing a walk around to ensure all bulbs are still working, and changing any that are out.
It is then best practice to clean all lights around the vehicle, and ensure misting or clouding is dealt with.