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Driving Safely In Autumn

How to be sensible during the colder months on the lead up to winter

During the Autumn months, drivers face seasonal changes meaning that precautions and measures will have to be put in place by drivers to remain safe on the road. Some of the changes such as icy roads and the sunrise and sunset glares in rush hour traffic mean heightened risks of an accident on the road.

When driving in low sun conditions, prepare carefully for your journeys by checking there is no hazing on the inside screen and carefully check for chips, scratches or minor cracks that could potentially worsen your visibility in the sun.

Antifreeze And Windscreen Washer Fluid

Antifreeze is an already important part of maintaining your vehicle as is contains special additives which counteract corrosion. If your engine is frozen it’s very costly to manage and fix, so be proactive and ensure that your antifreeze levels are correct. The handbook will tell you what antifreeze to use for your car – mixing them can cause engine damage. Make sure your washer fluid is topped up to clear the screen away – and with good wipers you can clear the screen well and stopping the dazzle from the sun.

Windscreen Wipers

Wiper blades have a usage life of around 2 years maximum, and these should be checked when wearing down as this can be severely hazardous in rainy weather as they smear across your screen.


All bulbs should be checked at least weekly including brake lights and number plates. To take extra precautions carry spare bulbs in your boot or breakdown kit. The handbook should advise on how to change bulbs.


Battery failure is one of the most common types of breakdowns that vehicles succumb to in the autumn to winter months when there is more use of electricity. Checking your battery at this time of year could save you hassle and cost of call-out if you notice your battery is starting to run flat. If your battery is moe than 5 years old, then make sure this is checked.


Tyre pressure is as important as the condition, tread and depth. Make sure you have at least 3mm of tread, and if it’s near or around 3mm, then it’s best to get new tyre’s before winter.

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