How one can make your journeys safer this winter


Freezing temperatures, slippery ice and darker nights… driving within the winter at all times brings further challenges. So, what are you able to do that can assist you and your automotive overcome the icy roads this winter? Nicely, rather a lot really.

1. Maintain your automotive working safely and easily

Let’s begin with two of the large hitters in the case of making journeys secure and dependable in winter: your battery and your tyres.

Battery

Chilly climate is among the essential causes of battery failure (together with lack of use) so it’s a good suggestion to regulate the situation of your battery all through the winter months. Should you do discover your automotive in want of a serving to hand to get began, be sure you’ve obtained the correct gear available.

We’d advocate the Halfords Superior Lithium Soar Starter. This helpful software is highly effective sufficient to get a 12V automobile as much as 2L began and sufficiently small to suit neatly in your glove compartment. You don’t want to fret about having a donor automotive at hand and the bounce starter might be simply recharged in your automotive or at dwelling.

Another choice is the Halfords Sensible Battery Charger 6A, which protects and repairs 12V automobiles together with motorbikes and most smaller automobiles. The charger even has a devoted ‘chilly climate upkeep mode’, which has been particularly developed for charging automobiles in decrease temperatures. It additionally comprises an LED display and one button management for easy and environment friendly charging.

We additionally supply a Free Battery Well being Test in any respect of our autocentres, the place one among our professional technicians will examine your battery to verify it’s in good working order.

Tyres

Tyres which can be worn down, under-inflated, or typically in poor situation will battle to grip if you’re driving in snow and ice – making already difficult circumstances even tougher to deal with.

You possibly can monitor the fundamental situation of your tyres by being looking out for any cuts, splits or nicks. A digital tyre inflator is a straightforward manner of getting your tyre inflation ranges again as much as commonplace (your automobile handbook ought to inform you the advisable tyre stress on your automotive), whereas a tyre depth gauge will make it easier to to see in case your tread depth is on the authorized degree of 1.6mm.

Should you’d desire to get a second opinion in your tyres, then one among our professional technicians will perform a stress verify and examine the situation of your tyres as a part of our Free Tyre Test. You possibly can e-book the service on-line at your native autocentre.

And in case you stay in an space of the nation that sees plenty of snow in winter, then it could be value investing in some all-season or winter tyres. These tyres have a deeper tread and particular tread sample, giving elevated grip and making it simpler to drive within the snow. We discover the subject of all-season and winter tyres in additional element on this article, so remember to test it out if you wish to know extra.

2. Maintain your imaginative and prescient clear

Visibility is usually a actual situation in winter climate, so our subsequent cease is your windscreen and wiper blades.

Windscreen

Whilst you can’t cease snow, sleet and rain from falling in your windscreen, you’ll be able to management what occurs when it does – and assist to maintain your windscreen clear on the similar time.

Duxback is a revolutionary remedy that our proficient autocentre technicians can apply to your windscreen. The remedy provides a coating to the glass that repels water and different liquids, which implies that rain, sleet and snow merely bead, shed and roll off, and ice doesn’t stick.

A Duxback windscreen remedy lasts 6 months and you’ll e-book the service on-line at any Halfords autocentre.

Windscreen wipers

Windscreen wipers even have a component to play in maintaining your imaginative and prescient clear, and so they must be in good working order. A fast visible inspection ought to reveal if yours want changing and yow will discover a spread of choices at Halfords.com. Simply enter your registration quantity to see which is able to suit your automobile. With a Halfords Motoring Membership Premium membership, you will get your new wipers fitted without cost by our consultants.

Additionally, just remember to don’t change your windscreen wipers on when your windscreen is frozen or coated in snow. Should you do, you run the chance of blowing the wiper management fuse in case your windscreen wipers are frozen to the display.

3. Maintain your liquids topped up

Tying in neatly with the earlier level about visibility is the necessity to preserve your liquids topped up – significantly your screenwash and antifreeze.

Screenwash

Frosty climate may end up in the dreaded state of affairs of the contents of your screenwash bottle freezing. That is a straightforward one to keep away from: all you want to do is get your fingers on high quality, low-temperature screenwash to stop the water from freezing.

We love the Halfords -10°c Prepared Combined Screenwash. Simply pour it straight into your screenwash reservoir after which the liquid will care for maintaining your washer jets free and cleansing your windscreen. It’ll additionally assist to stop your display from freezing.

Antifreeze

Often known as ‘engine coolant’, antifreeze helps to make sure that the water used to chill your engine doesn’t freeze in chilly climate. It’s a should for winter driving and we’d advocate the Halfords OAT Prepared Combined Antifreeze as it may be used all 12 months spherical as a coolant and as an antifreeze throughout the winter months. Simply be sure you verify that it’s appropriate along with your automotive first.

4. Maintain your emergency necessities stocked up

Regardless of our greatest efforts and ahead planning, sudden breakdowns generally happen. Don’t get caught out within the chilly this winter by ensuring you’ve obtained all of the emergency necessities at the back of your automotive.

Winter in-car necessities

Listed below are the primary security merchandise that we reckon it’s best to take with you on these important journeys:

  • Hello-vis vest
  • Blanket
  • Spare screenwash
  • De-icer
  • Ice-scraper
  • Snow shovel
  • Map
  • First support package
  • Warning triangle
  • Food and drinks

Should you’re eager to save lots of in your winter necessities, the Halfords Motoring Membership Premium membership offers you a vast 5% low cost on a spread of motoring services, so you’ll be able to keep ready for much less.

Telephone

We’ve singled out a cell phone because it actually is a very powerful little bit of package to have with you in case you get into any hassle. All the time be certain that your telephone’s totally charged and pop a charger into your automotive to be able to preserve that cost if you’re out and about.

5. Maintain counting on the consultants

 

Right here at Halfords, we provide a spread of providers and checks to assist preserve you shifting this winter:

  • Free 5-Level Automotive Test: We’ll verify your headlights and brake lights, wiper blades, battery and windscreen, and MOT due date – all without cost!
  • 10-Level Automotive Test: We’ll verify all the above plus your sort depth, tyre inflation, oil degree, screenwash degree and AdBlue and coolant ranges for simply £15, or without cost with a Halfords Motoring Membership Membership.
  • Halfords Cellular Specialists: Our secure, contactless and cellular technicians will come to you at dwelling or place of job for tyre replacements, battery replacements, oil modifications, windscreen chip repairs and extra.
  • WeFit: Should you want a hand putting in new windscreen wiper blades, headlight bulbs, batteries and extra, then our WeFit service is the reply. You possibly can even get a free becoming with a Premium Motoring Membership membership.

6. Be part of the Halfords Motoring Membership

Be part of the Halfords Motoring Membership at present to entry a spread of wonderful advantages and reductions which can be designed to maintain you shifting, preserve you secure and preserve you saving.

It’s free to hitch and also you’ll obtain cash off your MOT, a free automotive well being verify and a welcome voucher that may be spent on any Halfords services or products.

Or select our Premium membership for a small month-to-month price (or a one-off fee) to unlock unique member pricing on all motoring services on-line and throughout our shops, garages and Halfords Cellular Specialists, in addition to quite a lot of different advantages that can make it easier to to maintain shifting for much less.

With a lot to get pleasure from, that is too good a possibility to overlook!

Be part of the Halfords Motoring Membership at present at www.halfords.com/motoring-club.