A government-approved consumer watchdog is giving advice to drivers about preparing their cars for winter.

Motor Codes is urging motorists to ‘winter-proof’ their cars in order to avoid potentially lethal accidents.

Bill Fennell, managing director at Motor Codes said: “Winter doesn’t officially begin until 21 December this year, but there is no time like the present to ensure that antifreeze is topped up, tyres and brakes are working well and your windscreen is clear.

“Drivers needn’t wait for an official Met Office warning. If they follow our driving tips, their cars will be winter-ready – and this will make journeys safer for them, their passengers and other road users. Whatever the forecast for winter, driver need to be able to rely on their cars and make them as safe as possible.”

Motor Codes is advising people to top up antifreeze, ensure that windscreens are clear, that batteries are fully charged and tyres have a good level of tread on them.

Drivers are advised to test their brakes to ensure that the pads are still in good order, to invest in a car cover in order to protect vehicles from the winter elements and to replace belts and hoses as colder temperatures can weaken rubber sections of a car’s engine, causing them to perish completely.

Another tip is to not run a car’s fuel tank empty, as this could cause the fuel line to freeze up and stop the vehicle from starting properly. Two final tips are to keep an emergency kit on board, and to get the car fully serviced before the winter weather hits.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 2, 2015

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