MOTORISTS who prepare now for the onset of colder weather will increase their safety during the winter-driving season, is the message that AA Rescue is communicating to drivers with the arrival of October.
Following two consecutive winters with prolonged spells of snow and ice during which many motorists were caught short by weather related car troubles, the AA has designated October ‘Car Care Month’ in a bid to encourage motorists to make sure their car is in good shape to cope with whatever this winter has in store.
“Weather wise, September had a terrific send off.” Says Noel Keogh, Head of AA Rescue. “However, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of making sure your car has had its annual service and that you run through a series of basic maintenance checks this month to make sure all is in good order as we head into shorter days and colder temperatures.”
Some of the items AA Rescue is advising motorists to have checked at this time of year include all fluids; especially antifreeze; tyres; wheel alignment; lights; belts; hoses; battery life expectancy; and brakes. Drivers who hear any unusual squealing, clicks or grinding noises when they brake or who notice the brake fluid warning light coming on their dash should get their car to a garage to have their brakes checked advises AA Ireland.
In a review of 1,000 cars recently serviced by AA Car Servicing Mechanics close to half of the vehicles inspected had worn brake pads.
“Many of the call outs our Patrols received during last winter’s “Big Freeze” were a result of old or faulty batteries which were unable to cope in freezing temperatures. Says Keogh. “AA Battery Assist fitted up to 15 new batteries a day on the roadside at the time. We also had motorists taking huge risks by driving on dangerously worn tyres. Bearing this in mind we hope that motorists follow our advice and make car care a top priority this month.”
At the tail end of last November with the arrival of the first of the snow showers the AA Rescue Fleet saw its daily work load treble with 4,000 individual breakdown calls received during the first week of December alone. Motorists looking for peace of mind this Winter can sign up for AA Membership at www.aaireland.ie to enjoy access to the AA Roadside Rescue service who fix 80% of breakdowns on the roadside, AA Deals offering lots of exclusive discounts to Members plus access to Expert Motoring Services such as the free ‘Ask AA’ phone line.
Motorists can also find a wealth of car care advice and tips in the AA’s ‘Motoring Advice’ section at www.aaireland.ie