7 Steps To Christmas-Proof Your Car
Posted: 22nd December 2015
With Christmas almost upon us, you’ll need to make sure that your car is 100% ready for whatever the winter season has to throw at it. Whether that’s a 600-mile round trip to visit relatives, or cramming in a tonne of presents for the kids.
We’ve got a simple 7-step guide to help you prep your car before you set off for the festivities. Feel like your car isn’t up to the winter weather? You can always lease a car in time for Christmas from our car leasing site in Blackburn.
One of the most important things to check before you set off is your wheels, especially in the freezing weather. It’s a good idea to change your tyres to winter ones, as they’ll help you tackle the icy and snowy roads. If you don’t want to change tyres, then at least check the ones you have aren’t too worn, and keep some tyre chains in your boot just in case.
Wipers and Screenwash
If there’s a sudden cold snap and snow starts to fall, your windscreen wipers and windscreen fluid need to be in top condition. Check that your wipers aren’t damaged and that they clear your view properly. You also need to make sure you have the correct concentration of antifreeze/screenwash.
Spend some time clearing out the boot so that you have enough space for any presents, and anything else you need to take with you. Pack them so that they don’t obstruct your view of the back window, and if you stop off anywhere, make sure to keep them covered to deter any thieves.
Get all your routes planned the night before, so you know exactly where you’re going. Having a satnav is a huge help, but make sure you have a backup road atlas just in case. Planning your route will also let you know when and where you can stop for a break to stretch your legs.
In the unfortunate case that you do get stuck in a snowstorm, or your car breaks down, make sure that you have all the necessary supplies to handle it. Packing an emergency winter kit, including things such as a shovel and warm clothes will be a huge help.
With half the country travelling on the roads for Christmas, you should be prepared for some serious traffic jams. You can remedy this by getting some entertainment going in the car; such as Christmas-themed playlists, classic car games, and movies on a tablet.
If you’re on a long journey, it’s a good idea to pack some snacks and refreshments for everyone. This will hopefully keep everyone preoccupied until you reach your destination, and are useful in case you break down, or don’t want to spend loads of money at service stations.