Although we may be having an unseasonably warm winter period, with temperatures up to 5 degrees higher than what we're used to and record rainfall causing flooding devastation across the country; a cold snap is well and truly on its way in February. Don't let Jack Frost leave your car vulnerable to theft, read our top tips to keep your car (and you) safe this winter.
Essential Car Maintenance
Before the cold weather arrives, it's important to undertake essential winter car maintenance to keep it in its best condition and to ensure your safety on the roads in the lowest of temperatures.
Asses your tyres for adequate tread level, look for damage including splits or bulges and check the pressure, and you might even want to consider purchasing winter tyres or snow socks to give you traction and more control.
The most common cause of breakdown during the winter months is your car battery, therefore it's important to test the battery on your car and replace it if necessary. The burden put onto them during the colder month's increases, with use for heaters, lights, windscreen wipers and heated seats etc.
all necessary. It's important to remember to NEVER use hot or boiling water on your frozen windscreen, what you might consider a quick fix to your problem can leave you with a cracked window and a bigger problem than you started with. Stock up on de-icer and stick to lukewarm water if necessary.
Car Thefts in Winter
Significant investments by car manufacturers have meant that car thefts are at their lowest point since 1968, a 48-year low. However, we shouldn't be complacent; on average 52 cars per day disappear because the thief was able to use the owner's keys.
It's easy to keep the engine ticking over to go and grab something from the house or to warm your car up before you set off on your journey, but thieves are clever; use common sense on cold winter mornings and allow yourself a bit of extra time to wait with your car whilst it defrosts.
Car Tracker Devices
A tracking device from TrackerShop allows you to see where your vehicle is live, anytime, anywhere. It will not only help you recover your car in the event of a theft, but it can help keep vulnerable drivers, including the elderly, young drivers and new drivers, safe in adverse weather conditions. And these aren't the only benefits; a car tracker can also help make your insurance policy much more affordable.
Don't get the year off to a bad start, stay safe this winter and protect your car from any Jack Frost thieves.