If you’re thinking about getting your car serviced before winter sets in, then you’re thinking along the right lines. It’s important to have everything in working order before the weather gets worse.
The risk of having an accident is always higher when visibility is poor, or there is ice on the road – and this is certainly the case in winter.
If you’re unfortunate enough to encounter another car that’s driven by someone who has little or no regard for the road conditions, you might end up requiring hospital treatment as a result of getting injured.
You might need an accident solicitor in Walsall, too
In addition to medical treatment, you could need legal advice. After all, when you’re at home recovering, off work and with extra expenses to consider – such as a home help, prescriptions and taxi fares – things can be difficult financially. It’s also pretty bad when you have to miss all your social events, family gatherings, and so on.
If this happens to you, you could receive a payout for the accident as well as all the expenses by calling Accident Advice Helpline so that an accident solicitor in Walsall can work on your case. You should qualify to claim if you were the victim of an accident that another driver caused.
Don’t cause an accident yourself
Anyway, back to that service that we mentioned earlier. You might be fit to drive, but is your car fit for purpose? Make sure you’re not putting yourself, or others, at risk.
A service will make sure your car’s safe and roadworthy, but you need to keep an eye on things after that…
1) Have clean, clear windows. The windscreen, rear window, and side windows should all be clear and free of dirt. When you get in the car in cold weather, make sure you let the windows become free of mist before you set off. Use the air conditioning, if you have it, to speed up the process.
2) Keep your antifreeze level topped up. If you don’t have sufficient antifreeze in your cooling system, your engine could freeze and it will cost you a lot of money to repair.
3) Are your lights working? A bulb could go at any time, so make sure you check them regularly. Carry spare bulbs, too.
4) Make sure your tyres have sufficient tread. The legal minimum is 1.6 mm but you should think about changing them before they get this low.
5) Don’t forget about your brakes. They need to be in tip-top condition for winter, because stopping distances increase in bad weather.
If you do need to contact Accident Advice Helpline because you’re the victim of an accident that has been caused by someone whose car isn’t winter-ready, you can call whenever you like, because our lines are open 24/7:
- Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- Dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010 and await a call from us. You can count on us if you’re looking for an accident solicitor in Walsall.
Date Published: 27th October 2014
Author: David Brown