The Servicing Stop five essential Autumn driving tips 0

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There’s no getting round it, Autumn is in the pipeline. As the evenings inevitably grow darker, the mornings get frostier and our collective spirits become gloomier. It’s important to take steps to ensure our vehicles are prepared for the deluge of nasty seasonal weather that’s about to get thrown at them.

Obviously, driving at this time of year won’t be a new experience for the majority of us, but there’s no harm in a little reminder of the potential hazards drivers will face as October approaches, the skies darken and all the shops start selling Christmas stuff.

So, when ‘Autumn/Winter proofing’ your car, what are the most important things to consider? Here are the Servicing Stop top five:

  1. Leaves – This time of year is imaginatively called ‘fall’ by our friends across the pond. ‘Why?’ – None of you will ask (we’ll tell you anyway). It’s because the leaves ‘fall’ from the trees. Genius. But it’s where they fall to that causes the problem. That being the road along which you’ll be driving at some point. Newly fallen leaves can cause all sorts of driving problems. Damp leaves can cause your car to slip and lose grip, dry leaves can get sucked up under your car and get tightly rammed into tight crevices in the chassis or undercarriage. It’s worth avoiding parking near piles of fallen leaves if you can. On occasion, it’s been known for car’s catalytic-converters to cause them to catch fire.
  2. Fog – Fog is a hazard at this time of year and it appears out of no-where. Make sure your fog lamps are functioning correctly before you leave the house. Your main beams aren’t much help in foggy condition as they tend to reflect a ‘white wall’ back at the driver. In foggy conditions, keep an eye on your speedometer as fog can distort your sense of speed.
  3. Preparation – Before you head out, especially on longer trips, make sure your car is fully equipped. Check your fluid levels, tyre pressure, wipers, brakes, engine, and other critical parts. If in doubt, book yourself a service.
  4. It’s darker. Yes, a lot of this list is stating the obvious, and for that we apologise. Autumn brings early evening (and early morning) darkness. Darkness impairs vision, and driving with impaired vision is tricky for any motorist. Exercise a bit more caution, especially when driving on unfamiliar roads. Remain extra vigilant for pedestrians and cyclists.
  5. Temperature – It’s around now that the temperatures start to drop off a cliff. This means we can expect frost in the mornings and as we move closer towards winter – ice. Make sure your brakes and lights are in tip top condition. As things get really cold, there’ll be black ice on some roads, especially minor ones. Black ice often has the appearance of a puddle or may not be visible at all so extra vigilance never goes amiss. Be careful when driving over bridges or on roads adjacent to canals, rivers or the sea as these will tend to ice faster.  

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