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Road safety is incredibly important, especially during the winter months. The colder season creates many more hazards on the road; impacting visibility with blizzards and mist and causing the roads to be iced over, thereby losing traction on the wheels. Consequently, you should everything you can to be safe out there.
However, if you do all the necessary safety checks, buying a used car for winter can not only be safe, but advantageous too. Consequently, here’s what you should look out for when you’re doing just that!
Of course, buying a used car has a few safety stigmas attached to it too. What’s used is often seen as being somehow inferior, with faulty components and higher rates of breakdowns being cited as reasons to avoid used cars. However, these are stigmas that companies like AA aim to break with their quality used cars.
One of the ways you can check the safety of your used vehicles is by simply flashing the lights. You should also change the power of their beams. This will ensure that you have clear and crisp visibility when out on the roads and make certain that you’re able to see any and all obstacles come night fall or foggy weather. It’s quick and easy, so get to it!
It can be easy to think that tyres aren’t too important during winter. After all, if you lose complete control of your vehicle on a particularly treacherous path of ice, then what good would a stronger tyre do? Well, good tyres do a great deal to make you’re driving a lot safer!
Tyres should always be in prime form when out on the roads. They need to be hard fast and firm in order to handle heavy snowfall and clogged up roads, so make sure they’re in good condition and pumped up full of air. You can even invest in snow tyres to go the extra mile, giving better tread design and thereby boosting the potential for traction.
Breaks and Steering
Obviously, driving during chaotic winter weather can be extremely difficult. Suddenly both you and your car seem more fragile, so it’s incredibly important that your car is sharply responsive to every move you make. Only then can a safer driving experience be assured.
When buying a used car, take any vehicle you’re interested in out for a test drive. Check the steering; is it sharp? Is there any resistance, or is it fluid with every motion? After that, the breaks should be tested too? Are there any delays between slamming the pedal and the car becoming stationary? You’re looking for responsiveness in each feature, so make sure it’s all there!
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