Turbulent winter weather could leave motorists out of pocket if they fail to protect their cars from cold weather damage.
Drivers are legally responsible for the condition of their cars and must ensure they are always roadworthy.
Even with an up-to-date MOT certificate, the driver needs to make sure the car is safe to drive or risk being fined up to £2,500, banned from driving or given three penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
Motoring insurance experts at Quotezone.co.uk are urging Britons to protect their cars from sustaining expensive damage this winter – this means regular maintenance is needed to keep the vehicle fuel-efficient, safe to drive, less polluting and not a danger to people inside or outside the car.
Cold, damp conditions can disrupt fuel systems, starter motors and batteries, impacting driving ability. Other bad weather hazards include damage to paintwork, windshields and wheel arches, which can be costly.
Drivers can take easy and cost-effective steps to protect their vehicles, from checking car batteries and tyre pressure to filling up fluids.
Greg Wilson, Founder and CEO of Quotezone.co.uk, said: “British motorists expect damp weather during autumn and winter, but with conditions becoming increasingly unpredictable, protecting your vehicle is essential.
“Although driving through bad weather conditions isn’t advised, it is often necessary. That’s why we want to warn drivers about the dangers and the preparations they can make in advance to avoid damage and steer clear of hefty fines and penalty points.
“Winter is already an expensive time of year without paying out for costly repairs. It’s also a condition of most car insurance policies to keep the vehicle in good working order. Failure to do so could leave the driver unprotected with an invalid policy – meaning they could be liable for the full costs of any incident that occurs.”
Here are Quotezone.co.uk’s Tips for Looking After Essential Car Parts:
Battery maintenance is essential in the colder months. Chilly temperatures affect the process which produces and stores electricity inside the battery. This slows it down and reduces its ability to hold a charge.
Tyre pressure can fluctuate as a response to extreme temperatures. In colder months, tyre pressure can decrease at rest and increase when the car moves. Pay attention to tyre pressure lights and address any issues immediately.
Driving through heavy rainfall, hail, and snow rely on adequately functioning windscreen wipers. Ensure your wipers are working optimally before getting stuck on the roads in bad conditions. If you notice any cracks or damage, replace them.
Slippery roads are a massive concern for road safety during the colder months. Check your brakes before heading out in wet conditions. If your brakes feel heavier or you feel as though your car is more challenging to stop, your brakes are deteriorating. If left unattended, these issues could lead to serious road collisions.
Driving through turbulent conditions such as hail can seriously damage your car. Hailstones can cause dents or cracks. Before heading out in bad weather conditions, ensure that a professional fixes any outstanding breaks.
Grit on the Roads
The roads are often treated with salt/grit to melt ice and snow in colder months. The salt can stick to your car, in the undercarriage, the wheel arches and the brakes, which can cause them to erode over time. Wash your car frequently to avoid costly damage to paintwork and essential metal components.
Your car’s fluids will become more viscous and thicken in the cold weather. This will affect your oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid and more. You can avoid damage to these essential liquids by changing your fluids before the temperatures plummet and ensuring they are at the correct level.
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