With the Met Office predicting lower temperatures in the UK in the next couple of weeks telematics insurance provider, drive like a girl, is urging drivers to ensure their cars are prepared for the colder weather.
Kelly Wilkins, Head of Customer Service, drive like a girl, said, “Extreme weather brings about a new set of driving challenges, and accidents and breakdowns are more common in the winter. Furthermore, our data shows that January is the riskiest month to drive in comparison to the rest of the year.
“Many areas of the UK have been experiencing quite a chill in the past few days and we still have a few weeks of winter to get through, which is why it’s imperative vehicles are properly maintained in readiness for cold conditions.”
While many motorists will have thought to put anti-freeze in the windscreen washer water, checking the battery is often overlooked.
And with heating and other electrics being used more in the winter, the battery is under more strain. If the car won’t start on frosty mornings, it might be time to buy a new battery.
“Another issue frequently overlooked is tyres” added Kelly. “In the cold weather, they may lose pressure, so as well as checking you’ve at least 3mm of tread, make sure you’ve got enough air in them too.
“Drivers should also check their car insurance policy and what emergency assistance they have in the event of a breakdown; that way, they know exactly what they are covered for, and have peace of mind they will receive help if they have an accident.”