As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. And when it comes to looking after your vehicle this winter, never is this truer. By following a few simple steps before the cold really kicks in, you can potentially save yourself hundreds of pounds in damages, repairs and fines.
iCarhireinsurance, a leading provider of car hire excess insurance, have compiled this easy to follow infographic to help ensure you are in the know this winter.
Before Setting OffWindscreen - make sure it is 100% clear of any snow, ice of mist before setting off.
Fill your boot with essential suppliesSpade or Shovel
Warning signs that could mean internal components are frozen1. Water Pump - if you hear a continuous squealing noise coming from the bonnet this could be a sign that the water pump is frozen. If you hear this noise stop the vehicle immediately and wait until water pump thaws out.
Antifreeze would help prevent all the above from happening!It only costs a few pounds to buy and could save you hundreds of pounds in damages if used. Most modern cars use long-life antifreeze however some types of antifreeze may need changed afer 2 years. Make sure you check the manufacturer's manual to check for recommendations.
Driving in winter conditionsClear snow off the roof and bonnet to avoid visibility being impaired or putting other motorists in danger.
EU laws regarding winter tyres and snow chain requirements are as follows:Germany - Must have winter or all season tyres (M+S*) fitted during winter seasons.