During the colder months we would ideally all fit winter tyres to our cars. However, most of us don’t want the extra expense of tyres that are designed purely for very cold weather. Therefore, it’s vital that the tyres we do use are in tip-top shape. Check the pressures are what’s recommended by your car’s user manual. Also inspect the tread depth. The legal minimum is 1.6mm. However, tyre companies and safety experts recommend tyres are changed at 3mm. This is because tests prove that stopping distances are significantly reduced as tread wears down.
For a start, getting your car’s engine running while you defrost it is against the law and could land you with a £40 fine. In 2002, the government changed the law making it an offence to leave your car stationary and idling. In addition, there have been cases where cars have been stolen while they’ve been left with their engine on but no one inside. If that’s the case, your insurer is unlikely to pay up.
Extremes of temperature aren’t good for batteries. Hot weather can deplete the liquid inside them causing a weakness; cold weather then exposes this. That’s because engine oil thickens up in low temperatures and it takes more effort from the battery for the starter motor to turn the engine. A battery that is running low on charge may not have sufficient oomph for the job. If your battery is more than three years old or making starting the engine sound harder than it should, ask a garage to check it. Most will do so for free.
Ensure your tyres are up to the job #8211;
Make sure you#8217;ve got an ice scraper and a good de-icer spray #8211;