Winter weather places several additional stresses on you as a driver and on your car.

Cold weather can cause older batteries to fail and is one of the most common RAC Roadside Assistance callouts. One of the warning signs of failure is the motor turning over more slowly. If
your battery is a few years old, consider a replacement before it leaves you stranded.

Cold winter temperatures can also lead to the loss of tyre pressure, so regularly  check you have the correct pressure in all tyres and a safe amount of tread. Also, make sure your windscreen
wipers are in good condition and can completely clear water from your windscreen. And remember to keep your headlights on in heavy rain and darker daytime conditions.

To keep you and your family safe on the road this winter make sure you feel confident handling difficult conditions. Training Team Leader from RAC DTEC Andy McLeod said motorists
needed to be aware of the extra risks involved when driving in wet weather.

“Increase your following distance. There are many benefits to having more time to react to the unexpected actions of others. Even cautious drivers can get caught in a skid. And don’t underestimate the value of professional driver training to help you stay safe.”

To improve the way you handle difficult winter conditions, consider a Defensive Driving course at RAC DTEC.

For breakdown assistance or battery failure call RAC Roadside Assistance 24/7 on 13 11 11.

To check the state of your battery, book a free battery check on 1300 657 482.