Things To Do As The Clocks Go Back

With the clocks going  back next weekend (Sunday 29th October) now is the ideal time to give your vehicle the "once over" to ensure it is fit for the long nights ahead.

Darker days and deteriorating weather conditions start to take their toll on the car's headlights very quickly.  Keeping them clean with a wipeover means you will see better and, crucially, you will be seen more easily too.

If your battery has been sluggish, it is time to get a new one before the cold, wet mornings.

Checking all the bulbs are all still working at the front and rear only takes a moment.  You can sometimes do this by using reflections from shop windows, for example, when you are stuck in traffic.

Making that sure your windscreen is clear - with a non freezing, non smearing bottle top up - is essential.  Technically it is an offence not to have your windscreen washer working.  Rubber wiper blades themselves should not smear.  If they do, try giving the blades a wipe over which might mean that you don't need to replace them.

There are products available that help create a water resistant film across the outside of the windscreen, which improves visibility by moving water and dirt.

Quite often a film builds up within the screen as well which makes driving at night feels like you are dealing with a series of oncoming blurs.

The onset of autumn leaves and winter weather will also mean your tyres need to be up to scratch.  Are the pressures correct?  And are the tyres damaged or worn?  The legal requirement is a minimum depth tread of 1.6mm but you will probably feel safer with 3mm.

These pre-winter checks don't take long to do but could means that you and your car are safer on the road.

23 October 2006 Staff
 

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