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 Post subject: Things to put in your car this winter - 2017 edition
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 16:01 
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This country is still shit when it gets over an inch of snow, for no reason that I can figure out.

So, when you get stranded in the snow not because you can't get up a tiny hill, but because the cretins in front of you can't, here is what you'd like to have:
(In all seriousness, it really is a good idea to have all of these things in your car in winter, as you never know when you or someone else on the road might need them)

Bear in mind that this isn't a list of stuff to do when you notice it's snowing in the morning, you should do it around mid-November.

  • Check your antifreeze. Testers can be purchased from Halfords or similar, or you can get it done at the same time as you...
  • Check your battery. Again, you can buy testers, or go to a garage. If your battery is going to fail, it's likely to fail in the winter
  • Check all the other fluids in the car while you're under the bonnet (brake fluid, oil, transmission fluid if you have an auto, water levels)
  • Check the tread on your tyres. If they're getting close to the limit, get them replaced
  • Go to Homebase and pick up a bag or two of rock salt, and put them in your garage. They're around £5, and you won't be able to buy them for love or money once the snow hits
  • If you live in Scotland or Northern England and always get lots of snow, it might be worth getting a set of snow chains, and now is the time to buy them. You only need two for a two-wheel drive car, or four for a 4x4
  • Make sure you know where your towing eye is, and if it needs something screwed into it to make it work make sure that is in your car. Give it a try straight away so you know it works and you know how to work it - you don't want to be doing it in a foot of snow for the first time
  • Make sure you have all of the following in your car:
    • A blanket for each person in the car
    • A can of de-icer
    • A car charger for your mobile
    • Some chocolate bars
    • Spare windscreen washer
    • Bottles of water
    • A fold-up spade (here's a cheap one)
    • A gallon of whatever fuel your car needs
    • A book for while you're waiting (and maybe some toys if you have kiddies)
  • You really should have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, set of jump leads and a florescent jacket/vest in your car all your round.

Get a can of WD-40 and wipe it around your door seals - this will stop it freezing shut.

If you have a 4x4 you can add a tow rope to that list, for dragging lesser cars around and feeling butch ;) The type you can get from petrol stations will do, but if you get a good kinetic strap you'll be able to recover lorries buses, too.
You might also want to consider joining your local 4x4 Response team. In bad weather they'll ask you to help out with all sorts of things, from delivering water to acting as an emergency ambulance.
However: VERY IMPORTANT: Your 4x4 can go forward in the snow more effectively than other cars, but that doesn't mean it's any better at stopping or going around corners, so be careful.

If you do get stranded in the snow, get all your stuff out of the boot and have a look around for other people who are also stranded. Share cars with each other, running the engine for five minutes with the heaters on full every half hour or so (or however long it takes the car to get cold).

Finally, be a member of the AA. It costs £28 for a whole year, which is a proper no-brainer. It's even worth considering if you don't have a car, but are regularly a passenger in one.

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 Post subject: Re: Things to put in your car this winter - 2017 edition
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 17:22 
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And if you drive a rear-wheel drive automatic BMW, see if you can persuade some handy locals to sit in your boot so that you can get some traction.

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 Post subject: Re: Things to put in your car this winter - 2017 edition
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 17:25 
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Throw a couple of bags of grit in the boot. Not only will it give you traction, but if it doesn't you can grit the road ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 17:27 
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And if you drive a rear-wheel drive automatic BMW, see if you can persuade some handy locals to sit in your boot so that you can get some traction.

Or listen to your wife when she suggests the celica... :P

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 17:33 
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And if you drive a diesel, wait for the glow plug to warm up before starting your engine.


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Grim... How important is a healthy amount of coolant? Asking for a friend.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 19:24 
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DavPaz wrote:
And if you drive a diesel, wait for the glow plug to warm up before starting your engine.


Mine does that automatically for me. Turn the key once and it'll start the engine when it's ready.


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Findus Fop wrote:
Grim... How important is a healthy amount of coolant? Asking for a friend.

If it hasn't cooked itself you won't hurt it.

Just fill it up when you can. Remember the antifreeze!

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 Post subject: Re: Things to put in your car this winter - 2017 edition
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Grim... wrote:
Findus Fop wrote:
Grim... How important is a healthy amount of coolant? Asking for a friend.

If it hasn't cooked itself you won't hurt it.

Just fill it up when you can. Remember the antifreeze!


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Joking aside I'm driving to London tomorrow and should probably do all of the above.


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