With winter fast approaching, the evenings getting darker and the mornings getting colder, the last thing that anybody wants is to get into a car that won’t start or to break down on the side of the road. But, how can you make sure that you’ve taken the right steps to ensure that your car will be by your side this winter?

I have to admit, I am not the best at looking after my car when it comes to regular cleaning. However, I do know how important it is to maintain my car to make sure that it doesn’t let me down. And, believe it or not, this is easier said than done. Here’s a few tips that you can do:


  1. Tyres – Tyres are such an important part of your safety when driving your car and it’s so important that these are regularly checked, and replaced if they need to be. If you are looking for new tyres then you can easily book tyres in Dundee online at Fife Autocentre.
  2. Oil – Your engine oil is intergral to the car driving and running smoothly. Therefore, you should check your oil regularly and top this up if required. This can be checked by lifting the bonnet and measuring the oil using the dipstick. Your dipstick will indicate the safe level of the oil.
  3. Window wash – This is my favourite tip as it’s one I can easily do myself and is one I do regularly. Obviously it’s important that you can see clearly through your windscreen in order to drive safely and with muddy puddles in the roads your screen can get very dirty. Similarly to the engine oil, you can easily top up this with a screen wash by lifting the bonnet.
  4. Petrol – This may seem like I’m teaching you to suck eggs. I’m not! It can be so easy to let your petrol run low and not worry about it until the light is flashing which is normally fine. However, nobody wants to be stuck on the side of the road waiting for a rescue truck because their petrol has run out when this is an easy mistake to avoid.
  5. Lights – With the dark nights starting earlier and the dark mornings lasting longer, not to mention the foggy days it’s so important that your lights are all working well. Check these regularly and if any lights are not working or look duller than usual then I urge you to get these serviced/replaced!


*This post is sponsored by Auto Fifecentre.