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15 October 2018

Keep Safe This Winter

After an amazing summer, the winter months are starting to make an appearance and can be demanding on your vehicle.  Slippery roads, dark mornings and evenings, with wet & cold conditions, can conspire to push your vehicle components to their limit. 

You will want to be sure your vehicle is as safe as it can be in the poor conditions that winter brings.  Brakes, tyres, lights & seat belts are usually the most crucial, but there are also many other components that play an important part in keeping you and those around you safe.

Here are a few reminders for keeping your vehicle safe this winter:

  1. Check your wiper blades: these can need replacing more often than you realise. Eventhe best-performing wiper blades can start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed parts of the screen are a good indicator that your wipers are in need of changing
  2. Top up your windscreen wash: with the extra dirt, mud and even salt on the roads, you’re likley to be using your windscreen wash a lot than you have done over the past few months, so make sure you are topped up and don’t run out.But be aware of using cheap fluid or putting in too much as you could end up with a concentration that is too high. Good visibility is key to safety, so if you pop into H&L Motors, we will happily provide you with a FREE recommended windscreen wash
  3. Top up your anti-freeze: Don’t leave it too late. Make sure you have plenty of antifreeze BEFORE those frosty mornings settle in.
  4. Check your lightsand make sure the lenses are clear: dark evenings will soon be upon us so make sure you remain visible when driving in the dark
  5. Check your tyres: On the wet roads, your tyres will be under more strain, so make sure they are inflated correctly and have plenty of tread to avoid stopping distances being reduced when you brake. Be careful too where you check your tyres and go to a reputable garage with a correctly calibrated tyre pressue gauge. If you top up at your local petrol station, the gauge can often be damaged due to misuse (such as dropping it) by members of the public who don’t realise how fragile it is
  6. Give your vehicle an H&L WINTER CHECK SERVICE: specifically focusing on getting your vehicle winter-ready, your vehicle will undergo a 40-point check, concentrating on safety components and those that take the main strain over the winter months.  In addition we will change the oil & filter, top-up all levels and check the anti-freeze strength. Prices start from just £99 – a small price to pay for peace of mind that everything is in order

If you have any questions regarding keeping your car safe during the coming winter months, or want to book in a winter service check, then please give us a call on 020 8977 5865 or drop us an email at: contact@hlmotors.co.uk