Have you had your vehicle checked over for the winter to try and avoid unwanted breakdowns? Winter is one of the most popular times of year to breakdown due to poor maintenance or vehicle neglect. The most common being battery failures, closely followed by low antifreeze content in coolant system which can lead to engine freezing solid, along with other items that could all be checked before the cold weather finally arrives for good.
GVS 24Hr Recovery can offer you a comprehensive vehicle winter check to eliminate most problems that would cause you to breakdown this winter.
Here’s a simple way to remember what to check.
F L O W E R
Rain or shine, it pays to give the car a good check over every couple of weeks – you could prevent a breakdown and perhaps a large, unwelcome bill.
FuelTop up when you pass a filling station rather than delay looking for one until the fuel light comes on – particularly if you’re driving in an unfamiliar area.
Lights Clean all exterior lights regularly and check for blown bulbs and cracks in the lens.
OilCars can consume as much as a litre of oil every 1,000 miles.
Calling for help
• If possible, use the nearest emergency phone
• On motorways, blue and white marker posts show the direction of the nearest phone
• The phones connect directly to the police control centre and are numbered so that you
can be easily located
• If using your mobile phone, refer to the new blue rectangular Driver Location Signs,
which detail the road number (e.g. M1), direction of travel and precise location
Motorway breakdown procedures
It’s vital that you know what to do in the event of a breakdown.
• Most breakdowns are due to poor vehicle maintenance and could have been avoided
• Work with your employer to ensure your vehicle is regularly serviced and checked, including wipers, tyres and fluid levels
• Report faults immediately
• Ensure you understand your vehicle warning lights
General breakdown procedures
• If possible, avoid stopping in dangerous places such as roundabouts and corners
• Switch on your hazard lights
It is dangerous to stop on a hard shoulder except in an emergency. If an emergency forces you to stop, then follow the top five personal safety tips to stay safe:
- Pull onto the hard shoulder and park as far left as possible; near an emergency roadside telephone if you can. Turn on your vehicles hazard warning lights.
- Leave your vehicle immediately via the left hand door. Make sure your passengers do the same. You should leave any animals in the vehicle, or keep them under proper control on the verge.