Five things to keep your car from winter's costly grip
It is all too easy to overlook the basics of keeping a few items in your car in good order.
But the cost could be heavy now that it looks like we are finally getting a taste of winter.
We often forget to do the simple things such as topping up our anti-freeze.
And it's too late and costly when the damage is done.
I know they are obvious but it is worth the risk of repetition rather than the cost of forgetfulness.
So in addition to the anti-freeze reminder here are five critical things to check before it's too late.
1. Keep your windscreen clear. That means making sure your wipers are in good working order and the washer fluid container is well topped up.
Streaking on the screen is a sign all is not well. It's a good idea to keep a bottle of washer fluid (mixed with de-icer) in the boot.
2. Check your lights. It is obvious to us all that many motorists don't do this. You have to be seen and see. Take a few minutes.
Have someone press the brake and turn on and off the lights/indicators while you walk around the car. This is critical.
3. If temperatures fall really low your car may not start because the fuel line is frozen.
A good tip from the experts on this is to avert such an outcome by keeping your fuel tank more than half-full.
4. A car's battery has a heavier workload during winter - and cold reduces its capacity anyway. Check it.
Have your garage test it. Nothing worse than a flat battery on a cold morning. You don't feel the years ticking by on a battery and it can let you down just when you need it most.
5. Please check your tyres. Again, it is obvious stuff, I know, but if you don't give them a thorough look-over, you risk seriously depleted braking ability and you will travel further before you stop.
Now is the time to get these few things done. They may cost a few euro but not nearly as much as the disruption and danger if something goes wrong.