Indian summer to give way to autumn

Written by Ellie

The UK has basked in an Indian summer during recent weeks, but the forecasts are for autumn to begin in earnest over the coming days, and with darker nights to contend with, drivers up and down the country need to be prepared for the colder months of the year.

IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman has therefore offered some helpful tips for all road users on how to get ahead in their preparation for the approaching drop in temperature and likely heavy rain:

  1. Check your vehicle's battery – the colder temperature can drain the battery faster and therefore proper maintenance is essential.
  2. Top up antifreeze.
  3. Add de-icer to the windscreen washer fluid.
  4. Check headlights are working correctly and no bulbs need replacing (for both main and high beams).
  5. Keep a pair of sunglasses in the car at all times to avoid glare from the low autumn/winter sun.

Mr Gladman concluded: "As the temperature drops, your car is a nice cosy place to be when it is working properly and sound preparation will help your journey go smoothly."

He concluded that keeping an eye out for blocked drains and potholes is also essential, as flooded roads and not knowing the depth of these on-road hazards can result in people suffering an unwanted breakdown.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Motorists should be fully prepared to meet the difficulties that autumn and winter has to throw at them. This means keeping on top of vehicle maintenance and always having your wits about you when taking to the roads."

Posted on 10th November 2016

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