How to Reduce Your Chances of Breaking Down This Winter

How to Reduce Your Chances of Breaking Down This Winter

Nobody wants to be stuck or stranded when the cold weather hits. That’s why it’s important to ensure you take precautions to avoid issues with your car and address any underlying issues.

Prepare for the winter weather and prevent your car from breaking down with these 6 quick checks.


It’s wise to keep your tank topped up whenever possible. You never know when you may need to take a detour or get stuck in traffic. During the winter, it’s not a good idea to let your tank hit empty before you fill it because you don’t want to get stuck somewhere in cold, snowy or icy conditions.


Oil is integral to the functioning of your vehicle, so it’s important to not let your oil levels get too low. If your oil is too low, it can cause a breakdown or lead to catastrophic engine damage at the very worst. You can check your engine’s oil level by seeing if it sits between the minimum and maximum mark on your car’s dipstick and top it up when necessary. You’ll need to refer to your car’s handbook or speak to your local dealer if you’re unsure what oil to use.


With conditions less than ideal during the colder months, it’s important your tyres are up to the job. Check them regularly for general wear and tear, cracks, splits or bulges. They need to be at least the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, but during winter it’s advisable to have at least 3 mm of tread on your tyres. You also need to check the rubber on your wiper blades to ensure they are capable of clearing your windscreen during icy or snowy conditions.


Your coolant is in charge of making sure your engine doesn’t freeze or overheat. Although it’s a sealed system and shouldn’t need to be opped up, you should always double-check – particularly if you’re heading out on a long journey. Check your coolant levels when the engine is cold and take a look at your handbook if you’re unsure of the correct coolant and mix to top it up.


Winter is typically much darker and gloomier than the rest of the year, so it’s important your lights all work so that you can be seen. You also need to check the battery terminals under the bonnet are clean and tight. Get it checked by a garage if the car struggles when you turn the key.

Screen wash

Check your screen wash level and make sure you use a quality screen wash additive or pre-mix to top it up. This needs to be effective down to at least -15 degrees celsius to ensure you are able to keep the screen clean.

If you require any repairs, MOT or servicing in Stoke-on-Trent or the surrounding areas, Adderley Green Garage is on hand to help. We provide MOT, servicing and repairs to help you prepare for winter. Get in touch with us today.