Get prepared for winter!

Adverse weather conditions combined with longer periods of darkness throw up challenges that
often get the better of drivers, no matter their experience and confidence. Unfortunately, there’s
no definitive answer of how best to tackle what nature offers, however there are measures you
CAN take that will best prepare you and your vehicle for winter, reducing your chance of being
affected by freezing temperatures, snow and ice!
Firstly, get your car winter ready!

It is essential that you understand the key issue areas to keep an eye on, specifically at this time
of year! So we’re giving you some advice on your winter car service/check.

Winter car checks concentrate on six main areas of the vehicle (unless our techs spot
something else significant whilst performing the inspection), these are:

    (Monitoring tread depth, condition and any sign of imminent wear and tear.)
    The legal minimum tyre tread depth varies by each type of vehicle. At least 1.6mm throughout
    a continuous band in the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference of the tyre
    is the official regulation. However, alongside tyre and safety experts, we recommend a minimum
    tread depth of 3mm for tyre replacement to guarantee safety.
    With a tyre tread depth of 5mm which is well above the legal limit, research suggests a stopping
    distance of 30 metres when traveling at just over 60mph in wet conditions. A tread depth of
    3mm suggests a 40 metre stopping distance and finally the legal limit of 1.6mm suggests a 55
    metre stopping distance. With this data you can clearly see the impact and effectiveness of a
    tyre that had tread well above the legal limit.
    No one wants to be left out in winter weather with a dead battery, we’ll make sure your battery is
    protected, charged and secured using the latest diagnostic equipment to test the condition and
    charging power of your battery.
    Engine-related breakdowns are commonly related to issues with a vehicle’s cooling system. A
    winter check will ensure the cooling system in your vehicle is operating effectively and
    efficiently. Antifreeze is added to the water in a vehicle’s radiator to prevent it from seizing up.
    Frozen water expands, splitting engine hoses and pipes, causing leaks and reducing the
    effectiveness of the cooling process.
    Windscreen wipers are vital, even more so in the winter as the weather can change unexpectedly and dramatically. Not being able to see the road ahead perfectly causes real danger to you and other road users. We’ll inspect your wipers to make sure they’re in optimum condition for screen clearing. Your washer fluid level will be checked and topped up if required.
    This is carried out to ensure all lights are secure and all working to the correct standard. With limited sunlight during the winter, the chances of being faced with fog increase and front and rear lights are used more with prolonged darkness. Driving with ineffective lights is both illegal and dangerous.
    As most of you will know, too little or too much oil in a vehicle can cause major engine problems. Finding the best engine oil for winter in your car is important as oil may need to be thinner during winter to allow the vehicle to run more smoothly – this is something our technician can advise you on.
  • MOT 🔧
    Some of our customers know we have continued to send MOT reminders about their car throughout the past 6 months, we do understand that if your MOT was due after 1 st April that vehicles’ MOT expiry dates were automatically extended by 6 months if they were due for a test within the first lockdown. For many customers the MOT is the once a year check and we would urge on the side of safety by not going up to 18 months without your car being inspected, just because it’s legal it doesn’t make it safe. If your vehicle has passed or is due an MOT, we would recommend booking for a test to be carried out.

If you have any concerns about any of the above or simply just need some advice, please don’t
hesitate to get in touch with us directly using the numbers or emails below.
St Ives / 01480 464869 /
Peterborough / 01733 902592 /