With the seasons changing the sun will be positioned lower in the horizon when travelling during rush hour and other times throughout the day. We all know far to well in England there can be a mixture of icy roads and morning dazzle so we need to be prepared.
Here are our 5 top tips to prepare for the autumn weather and stay safe.
Keep the interior and exterior of your windscreen clear from mist and smears, this can help reduce being dazzled by the sun. Make sure you always have a pair of sunglasses to hand and use the sun visor to assist you. If the sun is too bright slow down safely and promptly or find a safe place to stop.
2.Check your bulbs
Remember to check all your lights and not just your head lights, that includes break lights, fog lights, indicators front/back and number plate lights. England can be deceiving, autumn may throw in some winter weather and fog so better to be safe than sorry.
Check you tyre tread and pressure regularly especially before a long journey. The recommended minimum before replacing tyres for winter is 4mm*
If your tyre tread is on or approaching the 4mm level we recommend replacing before the cold weather takes hold.
Did you know the RAC recommend a overall minimum of 3mm tread depth for tyre replacement whatever the conditions as stopping distances dramatically increase once on or below 3mm. They also reported the stopping distance between 3mm and 1.6mm (the legal minimum) can increase by as much as 44% when breaking in wet conditions.
4.General car maintenance
Check the battery, oil, filters and wiper blades for any repairs/replacements or top ups. All of these should be checked on a monthly basis to avoid running out mid journey.
Air filters are usually replaced every 6months so if yours haven’t been replaced in a while it may be worth thinking about changing them.
If you breakdown remember to stay calm and wait in a safe place away from the road and vehicle.
Autumn temperatures can dramatically vary so think about packing extra clothing, a high-vis or blankets in the boot just in case.
Before exiting the vehicle put your coat on preferably a reflective jacket, warning lights/ hazards and exit the vehicle from the curb side door so not to expose yourself to passing traffic and wait at a distance for roadside assistance.
*Source: Continental Tyres