Are you ready for a breakdown?

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"What do you mean I won't be back in time for Poldark?"
"A battery that might have been sluggish but still turned the engine over yesterday might not start the engine at all when the temperature drops"
  • | by Kristian Dando

Do you have breakdown cover?

It’s a pertinent question. This week, one major breakdown cover provider has reported its busiest day since last winter, with a cold snap kicking in.

One of the biggest reasons for call-outs is flat batteries – a common gremlin at this time of year.

Sudden low temperature shock means batteries perform less efficiently. So a battery that might have been sluggish but still turned the engine over yesterday might not start the engine at all when the temperature drops.

The cold can also lead to other electrical problems so even if the battery is fine, the engine may still stubbornly refuse to start.

Another common problem reported by breakdown operatives is a lack of warm clothing  kept in cars for emergencies.

Here are some top tips to keep you safe on the roads this winter.

  1. Check the state of your tyres and that they’re correctly inflated.
  2. Keep a cache of anti-freeze in your car, plus a purpose-built, non-improvised ice scraper.
  3. Make sure your windscreen washer fluid is topped up – winter roads are notoriously grubby, and combined with the low winter sun make for poor visibility. Likewise, if your wipers have passed the point of peak performance, make changing them a priority.
  4. Keep some warm clothes and winter footwear to hand, just in case. Some snacks wouldn’t go amiss either.
  5. Make sure your lights are clean and working – they’ll help you see, and importantly, allow you to be seen too.

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