Herald - Issue 395

Page 60 • The HERALD • 17th September 2020 v THE HERALD - SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES v 0800 028 7878 • 07866 041192 www.chipsaway.co.uk AUTUMN DRIVING Autumn can brings many changes for road users, from dazzlingly blinding sunlight to the rst icy windscreen of the season. Don’t get caught out by the seasonal change in driving conditions, be prepared and plan ahead to avoid being caught out. Autumn is particularly bad for dazzling low sun. Ensure your vision is clear by making sure that the windscreen is clean inside and out. Even non- smokers nd a hazy lm builds up on the inside surface of the windscreen over time. Scratches, abrasions and chips on the outside can intensify the sun’s dazzle too. Windscreen wiper blades will last for two years at the most. New blades clear the screen more e ectively and so help reduce dazzle from the sun. Now is a good time to renew worn blades. Top up windscreen washer uid and treat with a good quality, purpose-made additive to reduce the chance of freezing. Don’t use ordinary engine anti-freeze but do check the handbook carefully to make sure you ll the right reservoir. Batteries are one of the most common causes of breakdown at any time of year, but particularly in the winter when electrical loads are higher. If there’s any sign of the battery struggling now, the likelihood is that it’ll let you down at some time during the winter, particularly if it’s more than ve years old. It makes sense to renew the battery now to avoid the hassle and inconvenience of an unplanned failure later. Check all bulbs regularly, at least once a week, not forgetting brake lights and number plate lights. Your car handbook will show you how to change bulbs, though some headlight bulbs may require a visit to the garage. Carry some spare bulbs. Check all tyres for condition, pressure and tread depth. At least 3mm of tread is recommended for winter motoring, so if the treads are getting low think about buying new tyres now before the colder weather sets in. Not just for winter, antifreeze is important all year round as it contains additives to prevent corrosion and improve summer cooling too. It should be checked as part of the regular service schedule. A frozen engine is very expensive to repair so if there’s any doubt now is a good time to check the concentration. Your handbook will give details of the correct antifreeze to use for your car, as there are di erent types and mixing them could cause engine damage. If in doubt get a garage to check for you, many o er cheap or even free winter checks at this time of year. • e rst rule to remember is ‘lock it up’. • Do not leave anything of value in your car and do not put valuables in the glove box or under the seat; thieves know the hiding places. Take jackets, bags and CDs with you. • Never leave a sat nav on display. Take it with you and remove all signs, including the support cradle and suction pads from your windscreen. • Don’t leave vehicle documents in your car. Registration documents, MOT and insurance certi cates will help a thief to sell your vehicle. • Get a car alarm tted. ey not only deter a thief from taking your car but also its contents. And switch it on before you go! • Try to look for a public car park which is part of the police-approved Safer Parking scheme. • Mark all your car equipment, like your car stereo, with your vehicle registration number. Keep a note of the car’s chassis number. • Locking wheel nuts are cheap and easy to install and stop thieves stealing your wheels and get a lockable petrol cap. • On cold winter mornings, don’t pop back into the house, leaving the engine running and the car open to thieves. Safer Vehicles