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Support Workers Driving During Winter

Article Date: 12-01-2019

Disclaimer – Some of the information from this blog have been sourced from The AA, you can find their blog here.

That’s it everybody, winter. We’re only at the beginning and we’ve already had sub-zero temperatures, things are only certain to get colder from here.

Drivers, it’s okay, we’ve got you covered on some things that could make your journeys a little easier this winter. If you’re not a driver it might still be worth reading on just in case you know somebody who is.

  • Anti-Freeze – Seems obvious enough, right? Nope. Some people may think that once they’ve got anti-freeze in their car, they don’t need to do it again until a couple years pass and their engine needs fixing or replacing. It’s generally a good idea to change out your anti-freeze solution every year before the winter with a 50/50 water to anti-freeze ratio.
  • Batteries – The AA claims that batteries generally last no longer than five years, and winter months can be especially taxing on your car’s juice. If your car is having trouble starting in the winter it could be your battery starting to fail. It’s recommended that you wait 30 seconds between each attempt to start the engine and that you turn off all electrically taxing devices in your car such as heated seats, lights and wipers before starting the engine – this will give it a better chance at starting up.
  • Visibility – With nights starting earlier, it’s definitely worth while checking that you’re able to be seen while you’re driving. Have you checked that your lights are working and your lenses are clean? While you’re checking those you might want to make sure that your lights and license plates are clean of snow – to avoid fines.
  • Vision – So, after checking you’re able to be seen, now it’s time to check that you can Especially when it’s a noticeably colder day, we advise that you check your windscreen for ice and snow so that you avoid breaking your wipers. You can demist your windows with air-con if it’s steaming up and if it has been snowing it’s a good idea to clean the roof of your car from snow so that it doesn’t unexpectedly fall onto your windscreen and block your view.

If you’re looking for more information on any of the above you can view the AA article for even more useful information on keeping safe, visible and efficient this winter. Find out more here.

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