Checking tyres in autumn and winter

Checking tyres

The weather has definitely decided it’s autumn now. For a while there it didn’t seem to have a clue what it was doing but now it’s cold. And rainy. And cold. Did I mention cold?
We’re going on holiday for half term to the Lincolnshire coast. Ant decided to check the car over before our trip because it’s been so wet and cold lately.
While he was checking tyres, lights etc he discovered a puncture in a back tyre. He has no idea how long it’s been there but he said it’s probably been there a while.

He had to change the wheel and now he has to get the puncture fixed.

It was a good job he checked before we set off and now we’re going to be checking other things before the winter sets in.

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I’ve been checking on the AA website and the following is the advice they give to get your car ready for winter.

Winter safety advice

  • Antifreeze – check coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your garage should check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection.
  • Battery – the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold – get it checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.
  • Fuel – keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.
  • Lights – check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs.
  • Car Tyres – should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least every fortnight.
  • Windscreen – reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out.  Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.
  • Screen wash – use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.
  • Locks and door seals – stop doors freezing shut with a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals.  A squirt of water dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing.

I didn’t know the tip about using Vaseline or polish to stop doors freezing shut, that’s very useful to know 🙂

When it’s time to get your car checked over for the winter, and if you are in Dorset area, you can get tyres in Dorset from Point S local dealers.

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