Top tips to prepare your car for winter travelling

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Winter is around the corner and it is always a surprise just how quickly the conditions can change. Winter is a stressful time even for confident drivers because visibility is poorer, the terrain can be slippery and the conditions can take their toll on the vehicle. It is important to take steps to get your car ready for travelling during the winter months and now is a smart time to start doing this.

Here are a few tips which will help you to get your car ready for travelling this winter…

Consider a new car

It might be worth considering buying a new car for your road trips before winter arrives, particularly if yours has given you trouble during the winter months before or if it is getting on a bit. You will want to find a reliable brand like Citroen and choose a car that is well-suited to winter driving and has a good range of safety features.

Get the car serviced

It is also a good idea to get the car serviced before the weather starts to change. This will ensure that the car is in good condition and should stop any issues from arising.

Check tread depth

You need to know that your tyres will perform and have grip during winter so proofing a tread depth and replacing any tyres with less than 3mm is an essential step to take.

Check the battery

Batteries often die during winter so you will want to make sure that yours is in good condition – you can do this either with a kit or by getting a professional to take a look.

Have your brakes inspected

Brakes are under a lot more strain during the winter months and you will want to have peace of mind knowing that they are in good condition when driving when it is slippery. Therefore, it is a good idea to get them looked at before winter and possibly even again mid-winter if you are worried about them.

Prepare an emergency kit

You also need to prepare an emergency kit for the winter months in case you have an accident and/or are left stranded. This will include items such as:

– Spare clothes
– First aid kit
– Phone charger
– Food and water
– High-vis jacket
– Shovel

Hopefully, these tips will help you to get well prepared for road trips during the winter months. The conditions can change very quickly in this country, so being prepared and taking action before the weather turns is smart and should help you to drive safely from the very start of winter.

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