With the seasons changing, driving requires much more than just being cautious. Sometimes your car needs attention too. Here are our top tips to avoid bad surprises this upcoming season:
1. Plan your route ahead of time
CoPilot allows you to plan up to 52 different stops. This helps you visualise how long it will take you to get to all your activities and make it home in time before any inclement weather. Preview your turns beforehand and make sure to keep checking your ETA along the way. Let others know when you’ll arrive and don’t rush! Try it out in Route > Plan.
2. Stock up on things you may need
Before you get behind the wheel, make sure your car is equipped with:
- Window scraper
- Sunglasses against low sun glare
- …and of course your phone charger!
3. Check the lights
Fall driving often means driving in low light, darkness, or inclement weather. Regularly clean your car’s lights and check that the bulbs are in good condition.
4. Refill cooling system
Check your coolant/antifreeze levels regularly before you start your drive to avoid engine damage. Make sure that the car is cooled off before you remove the cap on the coolant reservoir. Here is a handy how-to video here.
5. Check the brakes & tyres
Leaves, ice and snow on the roads are every driver’s enemies. Good tyres are therefore a must-have if you drive in the colder months. Make sure to check that the tread is deep enough and that the pressure is correct. Also look out for damage or bulges on the tyres due to glass, cuts, etc and replace if necessary. If you expect bad weather conditions in your area, you might want to invest in some winter or snow tyres.
6. Check all conditions
Weather, traffic, and road conditions will all play a major role in getting you where you need to go. Make sure to check those before you leave the house and have ActiveTraffic™ ready and activated. Find out more about ActiveTraffic >
7. Have the battery checked
The most common cause of breakdown in the colder months is battery failure. If your battery already has a few years under its belt, get it checked and replace if necessary.
8. Replace wiper blades
A clean windshield is essential for your road safety. Make sure that the wiper blades are in good condition and that the windshield washer fluid is filled up.
9. Tank half empty – Tank half full
Doesn’t matter how you see it – you need to keep half a tank of gas in your car at all times. This helps to avoid gas line freeze up as well as keeping your vehicle working during unexpected traffic or detours due to poor weather conditions. Search in Places to find gas stations on your route, tap Search > Petrol Station.
10. Stay home?
If you’re not comfortable driving in bad weather, just stay where you are and enjoy a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. CoPilot will be ready to go the next time you need to navigate anywhere.
For more safe driving tips, click here.