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Car failure can happen at the worst possible moments and be incredibly stressful, not to mention expensive for motorists who don’t have cover arrangements in place. We experience a significant increase in Motor Breakdown cover over the winter months.
We’re ready to come to the rescue of policyholders in trouble but would much rather motorists avoid the stress of a breakdown in the first place. Luckily, there are many ways of preparing a vehicle for the cold, damp winter months, here are six top tips that could prevent the chances of a breakdown occurring.
It can take a car up to ten times longer to stop completely on snowy roads, so it’s essential that tyres are not worn or damaged. Experts recommend changing a tyre when the tread reaches a depth of 3mm to maintain the safest stopping distance.
During the winter, muddy, salted or gritted roads can kick up a lot of grime, particularly on motorways. This can add a layer of muck to headlights, seriously decreasing their luminosity, making it harder for you to see ahead, but also for other cars to see you coming. Before setting off, make sure you give them a wipe with a damp cloth if you don’t have headlamp washers.
Battery issues are the number one cause of breakdown call-outs in the UK, and this risk increases substantially in cold, wet weather. It’s important to look out for warning signs of a flat or faulty battery, these could include; the engine turning over more slowly than usual when starting the car, loss of power to electrics or dashboard warning lights.
Water in the engine’s cooling system can freeze quickly in colder temperatures and cause serious internal engine damage. Make sure your antifreeze mixture remains topped up throughout the winter to prevent damage and risk of breakdown.
Getting your car serviced can feel like an expensive chore, particularly if the car is running well with no problems. But, a proper service can identify potential risks lurking under the hood. Cars usually require a service every 12,000 miles or 12 months, but all vehicles are different. If you haven’t had your car serviced for a while, now is the perfect time to book your car in for its annual check-up.
There’s nothing worse than being stranded at the roadside in the freezing cold. It’s advisable to have an emergency kit with you at all times, just in case you find yourself stranded. Some warm blankets, a torch (and spare batteries!), warning triangle, and practical footwear could make all the difference during an incident.
Our holistic Motor Breakdown service supports motorists in getting back on the road without the worry of additional costs or hours spent waiting on a cold roadside. Our policyholders benefit from:
James Waddy, Head of Partnerships & Development, Arc Legal Group
Our Motor Breakdown insurance also covers customers with non-standard vehicles, including horse boxes, larger vehicles, trailers and electric vehicles. To find out more please contact your Partnerships Manager or email [email protected].