5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of a Winter Breakdown

The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road waiting for your breakdown cover to arrive, particularly during winter with its darker, colder days and harsher weather conditions.

With this in mind, here are five ways to reduce the risk of breaking down this winter.

1. Check your car battery

Over the winter period, a huge number of breakdown callouts are due to flat car batteries. The cold weather puts more strain on older, tired batteries and the wet conditions can also impact a vehicle’s electrics.

If your battery is over three years old, it may be worth getting it checked and investing in a replacement to reduce the risk of a battery-related breakdown.

2. Check your fluid levels

It might sound obvious, but always check you’ve got enough fuel before each journey you make. If you don’t have enough fuel, make sure you factor in a stop at the petrol station early on in your journey, so you don’t end up in an unfortunate situation where you’re stranded.

Low oil levels can lead to a breakdown or long-term engine damage. Regularly check the oil level and make sure it’s between the minimum and maximum mark on the dipstick or the oil level indicator. Top it up as required. If you’re unsure, find out how to check your Land Rover’s oil levels.

Engine coolant prevents your car’s engine from overheating by regulating the temperature. Although this is a sealed system, it’s important to check the coolant level when your engine is cold and refer to your owner’s manual if it needs topping up.

Land Rover Defender in winter

3. Check your tyres

Your tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. This is a legal requirement so it’s crucial to monitor the tread depth by law, but also because of the dangers this can bring, particularly when driving in wet and icy winter conditions. Sticking to these tread depth requirements improves the traction and grip of your tyres when driving in harsher conditions. Ensuring your tyres are the right pressure also helps you to keep control of your car and reduces the risk of a blowout so regular check your tyre pressure too.

Make sure you physically check your tyres for wear and tear, keeping an eye out for any punctures or cracks. If you come across any problems, contact a professional to get your tyres checked or replaced.

For more information, find out how to keep your Land Rover tyres in good condition.

4. Check your lights

The shorter days, longer periods of darkness and the harsher weather conditions that can drastically impact visibility are all factors that rely on your vehicle’s lights to be working properly.

Regularly check all interior and exterior lights throughout the winter period so that you can see clearly, and other drivers can see you on the road too. Also, make sure the lights are free from dirt or snow prior to driving.

Land Rover driving at night

5. Get a second opinion

The maintenance of your car is extremely important and vehicles need to be serviced regularly to ensure they’re running efficiently, especially during the winter months.

Whether you have a query about your battery, tyres or oil levels, if in doubt, it’s always best to avoid taking any risks and to get a second opinion to reduce the risk of a winter breakdown.

The team at Broadfields Garage specialise in providing a range of services including Land Rover servicing, safety checks and repairs, to give you peace of mind and reducing the risk of a breakdown this winter. Contact us today on 01371872940 or visit our Dunmow garage.

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