Winter is often unkind to our motors, causing batteries to die and heating systems to malfunction. But Vauxhall is offering a helping hand with £15 winter car checks…
A Helping Hand
Vauxhall is offering something of a Christmas present to drivers this year; £15 winter car checks. But most importantly of all, you don’t have to own a Vauxhall model in order to benefit. It’ll apply to anything from a Volkswagen to an Aston Martin. It’ll involve a 29-point visual inspection, carried out by a Vauxhall technician. They’ll inspect the car’s heating system, lights and the integrity and state of its battery. In addition, they’ll look for any damage to the tyres and suspension caused by potholes. But that’s not all. Car fluids are included in the inspection, so the technician will check and top-up steering, brake, clutch and power-steering fluid. Anti-freeze and oil will also be covered. Vauxhall owners who are also members of the service club benefit further still; they’ll pay just £10 for the lot.
Unusually, the Vauxhall website doesn’t precisely explain how the long the offer will run for. But, presumably, being a ‘winter’ offer it’ll expire sometime in January. That said, motorists will naturally benefit from getting their vehicle checked before, or at the start of, the winter period.
Or Try A Bit Of DIY
Vauxhall’s offer is pretty darn generous in our opinion. Lots of automakers offer little gimmicks from time to time, but this check is pretty comprehensive. That said, some winter checks can be conducted by motorists themselves. If you’re pressed for time, or simply don’t enjoy visiting service centres, you might consider taking things into your own hands. In which case, you should consider the following…
Ice Scraper And Deicer: One of the most tedious jobs we face as drivers during the winter is defrosting and deicing our cars. It means going out into the cold, turning on the car’s engine and standing around half-frozen lest someone pinch our beloved motors whilst the keys are in the ignition. There are, however, a number of products that make this process much quicker. An ice scraper is a great way of clearing your windows of solid ice that’s built up over night and, more importantly, it won’t damage anything as a makeshift utensil might. Deicer works perfectly in conjunction with a scraper, too.
Snow Chains And Socks: Snow and tyres don’t tend to get on very well; the less said about ice the better. Effective driving is all about grip and it’s tricky business getting this in inclement weather. If you live off of the beaten track or know that you’ll only be travelling at low speeds, snow chains and socks might be perfect for your car. Chains are fairly heavy-duty and can only be used in thick snow as they can damage roads. These are perfect for getting off residential and country roads that may not receive the tender loving car from local authorities as other roads do. Socks offer less grip but are easier to fit to your cars tyres; they also won’t damage the roads. However, you’ll still have to drive at lower speeds.
Winter Tyres: If you’re looking for a more general increase in grip, winter tyres are more suitable than chains and socks. Winter tyres use a special tread design with larger gaps which allows snow and slush to pass through them more readily. As a result, they offer increased grip in comparison to regular tyres. They’re relatively affordable, too, so they shouldn’t break the bank. Whether you should consider them or not is largely based on the weather conditions you typically face and the amount of miles you cover during the winter months.
Emergency Tools And Provisions: People brake down a lot in winter and it’s never a pleasant experience. Making sure you have the right kit to look after your vehicle, yourself and any passengers you’re carrying is crucial. Always make sure to carry a shovel, which will allow you to dig your car out of any excess build up of snow or dirt. Keep a high-visibility jacket in your car. This will prove useful if you have to leave your vehicle in the dark. A road atlas might also sound antiquated, but if your sat nav and phone lose their signal, you’ll be grateful for having it. Packing an emergency supply of water and long-life food is never a bad idea, either. Finally, consider packing a torch or head torch; you’ll need these to investigate a situation if you’ve broken down after dark.
British Motorists Are Failing To Prepare For Winter Driving – https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/british-motorists-are-failing-to-prepare-for-winter-driving/
The Latest Car Features That’ll Keep You Warm This Winter – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/car-features-thatll-keep-you-warm-this-winter/