As your only point of contact with the road, tyre condition is vital at any time and especially when road conditions deteriorate such as when wet and icy. It’s a legal requirement to maintain tyres at a tread depth of at least 1.5 mm across the surface all the way round, but 3 mm minimum is strongly advised.
It’s this sort of fact you need to memorise when you’re learning to drive and then put to use throughout your driving career.
You can check treads yourself using a simple gauge; if not your local garage or a tyre and exhaust centre can check for you. Also, inspect for general condition periodically - bulges and tears need swift attention.
This is the fluid found in your car’s cooling system and needs to be at the correct level and concentration to do its job of cooling the engine. If the concentration is too weak, you run the risk of your car overheating because the fluid has frozen and isn’t circulating around the engine.
Check the level - it’s usually marked on the plastic expansion tank in the engine bay. A garage can check the concentration levels, and you should have this done before winter, especially if it’s been topped up at any time solely with water.
4. Screen wash
Keep the screen wash reservoir topped up with the correct mix of water and screen wash (it contains detergent and anti-freezing properties). Don’t overdo the mixture as your washer jets could get clogged, and don’t use antifreeze designed for the engine cooling system (as described above) in the washer bottle.
Finally, don’t forget to top up the reservoir for the rear wiper if fitted.
Regularly check that all your lights work including the number plate light (it’s an offence to have an unlit rear number plate), and clean them frequently so as to see and be seen.
It’s a good idea to keep a selection of spare bulbs in the car at all times.
It’s advisable to have your car ‘health checked’ before winter sets in. Some garages offer special deals on winter checks - see what’s being offered locally.
Finally, make sure your number plates are clean.Illegible number plates are an offence, and with number plate recognition cameras being used more and more police are tending to be stricter in enforcing this law.