The late nights have come to an end and the first leaves have already started to fall. We all enjoy summer driving and the transition into autumn can feel like a drag. Dangerous road conditions and poor visibility make it especially crucial to be vigilant when driving in the coming months.
The approach of autumn brings with it extra strains and burdens on your car that must be addressed. It is advisable to check your vehicle in for a service or free winter safety check before the weather gets too severe.
Inspect your tyre condition, tread depth and pressure and replace them if they are too worn. Consider the option of winter tyres for added safety in icy conditions. For more help consult our article about the benefits of winter tyres.
Review the state of your car wiper blades and replace them as needed (once a year will ensure the best performance). Keeping plenty of washer fluid in reserve will prevent a smeared windscreen and allow the wipers to work with minimal resistance. If you’re unsure how to this, watch our ‘how to replace your wiper blades’ video.
And lastly, perform general preparation checks such as engine oil and water level top-ups, inspect bulbs and clean lights, mirrors and the windscreen. Establish that your tool kit is in good order and assemble a car safety kit for emergencies.
September, October and November experience the greatest rainfall in the UK along with the highest chance of flooding. Travelling in wet conditions can pose serious hazards and drivers must adjust their driving style accordingly.
As the early nights descend, it is important to take extra care when driving in the evening to reduce the risk of being dazzled or missing hazards in low light.
Fog can be a sudden and serious obstacle and it is always best to avoid travelling during heavy fog. Once visibility falls below 50 metres, the hazard becomes severe and drivers must pull over immediately and turn on their hazard lights. While the mechanics of driving are not affected by fog, there are a number of precautions that must be considered.
Animal behavior and habits change with the seasons so look out for wildlife when out in the car, a pair of small flickering reflections on the road can hint at the location of an animal during the night. Collisions with deer are at a statistical high in autumn so drivers should take extreme caution when proceeding through rural areas (especially in the early morning and evening) and take note of deer warning signs.
Call in to any of our Service centres for a free winter health check or tops-ups between routine services.