Eight things you should do to ensure that your car is safe in winter.

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Even if you are not a car expert, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure your car is ready for the cold months ahead. Not only will this help prevent breakdowns, but it could potentially save your life – or someone else’s life.

Winter is here, and there is nothing worse than having a breakdown in freezing temperatures and getting stuck at the side of the road.

These quick checks help to avoid an accident and may even save a life.

“The last thing you need is a frozen engine or an overheated car,” says Will. “Although it’s a sealed system that doesn’t need to be refilled, when the engine is cold, always check to see if the engine is cold and look in your manual for the correct coolant and mixture in case you need to top up.

RAC Patrol Will Shepherd gives the following advice

Will says: “In winter there is more dirt and grime and salt on the roads, so it’s important that you can keep your windscreen clean. Remember to keep raising the level during the winter”.

This should be between the minimum and maximum level. Consult the manual or contact your local dealer for the correct oil and top up if necessary.

Check that they are clean and tight. Will recommends removing any corrosion with hot water and applying Vaseline.

Take it to a local workshop to have it checked to ensure that the battery and system are functioning properly.

Will says, “Tires are the only link between you and the road, so check your tires for general wear and tear – cracks, crazing or bulges and, more importantly, tread depth.

“Although the minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, in winter it is advisable to have 3mm of tread on your tires to improve traction and grip. Also make sure that you have the right pressure in your tires”.

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