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Basic Winter Checks for Your Car

Now, winter is on its way. And with winter we can always expect harsh weather which can play havoc with the condition and running of our cars. With this in mind, we will be looking at some basic car checks that will help make sure your car safety is exactly as it should be.

Car Servicing

Get ahead of the game and have your car serviced before winter, our team of mechanics are happy to help click here to find out more about our car servicing. That way your car is entering winter in the most prepared state it can!

Check Your Cover

Make sure your insurance policy covers you for breakdown, or take out breakdown cover – this means help will be on its way if you get stranded anywhere. It is recommended to make sure you always have your providers contact details with you.

Carry a Winter Equipped Breakdown Kit

If really bad weather is forecasted, make sure you have your breakdown kit to hand. Some essentials include:

  • A torch
  • Blanket
  • Shovel
  • Hi-visibility vest 
  • Screenwash
  • Ice scraper /  de-icer,
  • Plenty of food and drink supplies, 
  • Your mobile phone with plenty of power (possibly a power pack too!)

All the above will be able to cover you for any situation the winter conditions have to throw at you. 

Check the Condition of Your Tyres

This time of year it is very common for tyre pressure to drop, make sure you check them regularly to make sure there is enough air in them. Your tyres are an important part of your safety as they have an effect on steering and braking, so make sure they are kept in good order and that the tread depth does not go below 1.6mm. 



Check Your Battery

Your battery is, of course, one of the cars most important factors as it will not get far without one! Remember that during winter it will be drained quicker than normal, it is hit by the colder temperatures and then you have to factor in the extra use of lights, and the heater too. With this in mind, if your battery is showing any signs of trouble, get it replaced, rather than risk getting caught out.

Clean Your Lights, Windscreen & Wipers

You should wash your windscreen well both inside and out, make sure your screen washer fluid is topped up and look out for any marks or chips on your windscreen (these can turn into huge cracks as the cold weather sets in). Make sure all lights, indicators and the rear reflectors are clean and in full working order. Also, make sure your registration plate is clean and can be read.

Many of these checks will only take a couple of minutes to complete, and even the ones that take slightly longer are essential to keeping you safe when you are out and about.

Here at Eurodrive, we aim to be so much more than just a car hire company. We’re also proud to offer the communities of Oxfordshire a reliable and affordable car servicing option.

If you would like to discuss your requirements with a member of our team, then call 01865 715500 or email


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