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Autumn leaves on UK roads are beautiful to see, but when wet or in piles, they present driving hazards unique to the season. It’s alwyas prudent to prepare for Autumn driving conditions by having your vehicles’ tyres, brakes and wipers checked before heading out.
Drivers should be aware that wet leaves on the road surface can make stopping difficult, and piles of leaves can obscure potholes, curbs and street markings. Add to these hazards the fact that road conditions can change from ideal to miserable in a matter of minutes, and what you have is a potentially dangerous situation.
Tyres can affect the car’s ride, handling, traction and safety, and are a critical connection between the car and the road in all types of driving conditions. To maximize tyre life and safety, check the inflation pressure and the tread depth, and inspect the sidewalls for cracks or punctures. As a good practice, tyres should be rotated every 6,000 miles and re-balanced.
The brake system is the car’s most important safety system. Brakes are a normal wear item for any car, and brake pads, drums and discs, as well as brake fluid, should be checked regularly too.
To help ensure the performance and safety of wipers, blades should be replaced every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering. Windscreen wiper fluid should be checked monthly and the correct washer fluid mixture should be used for the season.
So as autumn leaves on UK roads start to appear check your car or pop in to us for a visual inspection.