During the winter months, driving can be much more challenging. From decreased visibility to icy conditions, there are lots more hazards to contend with on the road. This means that the risk of collision or breakdown is much higher, so it’s important to be prepared and make sure your car contains everything you might possibly need in the event of an emergency.
Automotive fluids can freeze during winter, and wiper blades can become damaged if used on a frosty windscreen, so check your screen wash, de-icer, antifreeze and wiper blades before the bad weather sets in, and top-up/replace anything as needed. You can purchase any of these items from your local Arnold Clark Parts department.
Before you set off on any journey, long or short, ensure your car contains all the things you might need should you get delayed, stuck, lost or involved in an accident.
It’s also advisable to keep some sunglasses in your glovebox all year round, as glare from the winter sun can be problematic. In such bright conditions, be aware that those in cars behind you may not be able to see you, so pay attention to your rear-view mirror.
Keep your tank relatively full – the additional weight can help with traction, and you never know when you might need to take a long detour. A car with lower levels of fuel is more susceptible to condensation, which forms in the tank and then freezes in your fuel lines, preventing your car from starting.
Accist is a complimentary accident management service available to all Arnold Clark customers. As a member, you will enjoy peace of mind that, should you be involved in an accident, our 24-hour hotline staff will be there to help. Accist can manage the whole process for you, from dealing with insurance companies to courtesy cars, taking the hassle and worry out of the situation. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact our Accist team on 0141 352 5370.