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EZPass’s Winter Car CheckList

Whether you’re a learner driver, recently passed or have years of experience on the road, EZPass’s Winter Car Checklist is an essential for every driver to keep safe on the road! Please share with your friends and family!

  • Tyres – Check your tyre pressure as well as the tread – each tyre should have at least 3mm of tread for the winter. You may want to consider winter or snow tyres also, especially considering the UK’s recent adverse winter weather.
  • Antifreeze – Make sure your coolant is topped up with the right type and concentration of antifreeze. Your garage will be able to advise you on this.
  • Oil – Your oil levels should be checked regularly and especially so in Winter – remember not to check top up your oil when you car is warm, wait till your engine is cool.
  • Battery – Old batteries (more than 5 years old) are more likely to cause a winter breakdown. Check and charge your battery or replace it to avoid your car not starting on a cold morning.
  • Fuel – In case of delays, always make sure you have at least a quarter-half of a tank of fuel in case of delays.
  • Screen wash – Keep your screen wash topped up with a mix of anti-freeze screen wash to stop your windscreen from freezing.
  • Wiper blades – Check your wiper blades for defect, cracks and make sure they clear you windscreen effectively, if not replace them ASAP.
  • Lights – Check your all lights are working and are clean for maximum visibility for both you and other road users. It’s a good idea to carry spare bulbs with you also, just in case.

It’s also a good idea to prepare an emergency winter kit to keep in your boot in case of a traffic/road emergency:

  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Warm clothing
  • Shovel
  • Thick flat pack cardboard boxes to help gain traction on ice or snow
  • Salt (or cat litter) to clear snow
  • Ice scraper (not your bank card!) or de-icer
  • A rechargeable torch
  • Tow rope
  • Jump leads
  • Bottled water
  • Long lasting food or snacks
  • Extra screen wash
  • Reflective jackets

As a general rule, before setting out on any car journey, it’s a good idea to also have the following:

  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Personal Medication
  • Warning triangle
  • Car Jack
  • Road Atlas
  • Sunglasses
  • Breakdown membership phone number
  • First aid kit