The cold dark nights have set in and with frost starting to appear, if you haven’t already, then now is the time to get your car winter ready. There are a number of ways in which you can check that your car is ready for the winter and one of the main ones is your tyres. With ice on the roads, tyres need to have excellent grip and a good level of tread left on them. You also need to check that they are correctly inflated. During snowy, icy weather, slightly under inflated tyres tend to grip the road better, but always check with your mechanic as to what the pressures should be.

As well as tyres you should make sure that your car has had its annual service if due and that all your fluid levels are topped up. Be sure to carry a winter car pack with you at all times which should include items you may need in an emergency such as blankets, long shelf life snacks and water as well as ice scrappers, hi vis jacket and a torch. Before you leave the house be sure to check that you have a fully charged phone and ideally a car charger with you should you break down or have an accident and need to call someone.