How To Keep Your Car Running During Christmas Lockdown

Thu 24th Dec 2020

With millions of Brits staying at home on Christmas Day there’s likely to be a record low number of cars on the roads, but if you do need to venture out, the RAC has put together a handy checklist to ensure you don’t get frozen in.

Temperatures are expected to drop below zero in many parts of the UK, and though it is unlikely to be a white christmas for most, it still presents many challenges for getting the engine running.

“The combination of 21 million people now being under the tightest Covid restrictions and travel being reduced to just a single day means we aren’t anticipating as many car trips this Christmas as we’d normally see,” said James Knight, chief operations office of the RAC.

“But, as predicting when and where people will drive this year is proving an almost impossible task, there’s still the potential for the Christmas period to create problems on the roads. So we’d encourage drivers to think really carefully about whether they should make a trip given government guidelines on travel and socialising.

“For those definitely driving on what is expected to be a bitterly cold Christmas Day our expert local patrols recommend a few simple checks before setting out. Drivers should ensure oil and coolant levels are where they should be, tyres have plenty of tread and are inflated to the correct pressures, and there’s plenty of screenwash to keep the windscreen clear. Spending just a few minutes checking these things could make the difference between a stress-free journey and one disrupted by a breakdown at the side of the road.”

To keep things simple, the RAC have advised drivers to use the acronym FORCES for the regular ‘DIY checks’ you should carry out through the winter and especially as we head into another icy blast.

That's Fuel, Oil, Rubber, Coolant, Electrics, Screen wash