Even though summer seems to have only just arrived, the days are growing shorter and, once the winter months set in, dark evenings and wet weather can make the roads much more dangerous. Here are five ways you can keep you and your Bentley safe throughout the winter months.
1. Check your tyres
Heavy rain and ice on the roads can make driving dangerous during the winter months. Check that your Bentley’s tyres are in a good condition and are at the correct pressure before you drive. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, however in the winter months it’s a good idea to have a deeper tread of up to 3mm. Therefore, it may be worth investing in some winter tyres for extra security over the colder months.
2. Check your lights
Darker mornings and evenings can make for even more dangerous driving conditions. Ensure all of your lights are clean and in full working order. If you don’t keep on top of their maintenance, you run the risk of not being seen by other drivers and finding it hard to see on dimly-lit roads. Don’t forget to make use of your fog lights as well, if the visibility is below 100m!
3. Fill up on fuel
It may seem obvious, but always ensure you have enough fuel in the tank before setting off. There’s nothing worse than running out of petrol and being sat at the side of the road somewhere in the cold. Always check you have the right level of oil as well, and ensure you top it up if it gets too low.
4. Be prepared
It’s always good to be prepared just in case the worst happens! Put together an emergency kit to keep in your Bentley’s boot so that you are prepared should you break down or have an accident. This should include a torch, warm clothes, blankets, food, an ice scraper and a first aid kit. Always keep a fully charged mobile phone and the number of your car breakdown service with you, so that you can get in touch should you need them.
5. Get your Bentley serviced
Getting your Bentley serviced can provide peace of mind before the winter weather kicks in. It’s a good idea to book your car into a garage and have it looked over by a professional. Fixing any mechanical problems will reduce the risk of a break down at a later date.