Every winter we are told it’ll be the “worst winter since records began”. Whilst this often seems exaggerated or premature, the AA unsurprisingly notes that breakdowns are most common during the winter months. So, no matter what kind of mobility vehicle you’re driving this winter, it’s important to be prepared.
With a Met Office led study warning that Britain faces years of unusually cold weather, here’s a handy checklist to help you ensure that your wheelchair accessible car is equipped to deal with the winter conditions.
The most common cause of winter breakdowns is battery failure. During the winter months lights, heaters and wipers put high demands on the car battery. Get it checked and replaced if necessary, to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.
It may seem obvious but we advise keeping at least a quarter of a tank in case of an unexpected delay.
You should have at least 3mm of tread on your tyres for winter motoring. It could be worth considering winter tyres for extra-safety. Also try to check your tyre-pressure at least every fortnight.
Check your coolant level regularly. If required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Ask your local garage to check the concentration to ensure sufficient cold temperature protection.
Vision when driving is always incredibly important. That’s why now might be a good time to renew your worn wiper blades. So, when you find yourself driving in a heavy downpour or into oncoming snow, you’re all prepared.
Top-up your screen wash to help keep that windscreen clear! Use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the risk of it freezing in that frosty weather.
We can all live in hope that this winter won’t be quite as miserable as predicted! But making sure your wheelchair accessible vehicle is fully prepared for all conditions can prove invaluable. Follow the checklist above and reduce your risk of a breaking down this winter.
Get prepared for this winter with your own wheelchair accessible vehicle from Mobility Nationwide. Take a look at our current range of vehicles or give us a call on 01824 707773.