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Top Tips To Prepare Your Car For Autumn

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Top Tips To Prepare Your Car For Autumn


Summer has already flown by in a blink of an eye, days are getting cooler, nights are drawing in and the leaves are starting to change to their beautiful colours of red, brown and golds. Now is the time to prepare your car for the damper, more difficult driving conditions that autumn brings.

We, at Underwoods Car parts and Accessories, are here to offer you some helpful tips and checks for your car to be ready for this seasonal change…


  • Check Tyre Condition, Pressure and Tread Depth

The legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6mm but 3mm is the minimum recommended for the colder months.  Maintaining proper tyre pressure is very important, because cold weather causes tyres to lose air quickly.

  • Check Battery

The average life of a car battery is about 5 years. Be aware batteries tend to get less effective in the colder months. If you are not sure how to check the battery get help from a professional, for example your local dealer.

  • Check Lights


Zafira C Lights

Make sure all the bulbs are in good working order including the lights on the number plate. Consider keeping some spare bulbs handy.

  • Check Wipers and Windscreens

Your wipers need to be replaced every 6 months to a year. A new set will give the best visibility in poor conditions.

Ensure windows are clean both inside and out to prevent glare from the sun on a smeary surface.

Check the washer fluid is topped up especially if the gritters have been out.

Keep sunglasses handy to help with the glare from the low autumn sun.

  • Check Brakes

Brakes are crucial for safe driving. Cold weather heightens brake problems, since the roads have the potential of becoming slippery from snow and ice. Listen for unusual noises that may point to failing brake pads.

  • Protect your Carpets with new Mats / Rubber Mats

Consider investing in all-weather rubber floor mats and boot liners. These mats are long lasting to protect your car’s floors against water, snow, dirt, and grime. These mats will even shield your car from stains and spills. They also do a good job for holding up against general wear and tear. You can use them all year long, not just in the colder months.

  • Ensure you Have Essential Items in the Car In Case of Emergencies

Being stranded on the side of the road any time of the year is not fun. As the weather turns cooler, you especially need to be prepared for a roadside emergency. Stock your vehicle with the following items:


Ice scraper


First aid kit

Jump cables


Small shovel

Or …….alternatively just purchase a Winter Car Safety Kit and add any extra items you wish.

 Autumn is a beautiful time of the year, but it can present challenging driving conditions. Be prepared, use common sense and extra caution to ensure everyone’s safety when out on the road.


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