How to prepare the van for winter

Tips on how to prepare your van for winter driving

As a tradesman your livelihood relies on you completing your jobs, meaning your van is vital to your business so driving in the winter weather is sometimes a necessity.

Preparing your van

  • Cold weather can place a strain on vehicle batteries. Get a professional to test that your battery is in good condition.
  • Check tyres for pressure and tread depth. The correct pressure can be found in your user’s manual. You should also aim to have a minimum of 3mm depth during the winter, compared to the legal minimum of 1.6mm, as this gives better grip. You could also consider winter tyres, they’re not cheap but are well worth the investment.
  • Check that you have the right level of engine coolant and antifreeze.
  • Check and clean your lights regularly – including your headlights, brake and reverse lights, and indicators. Carry extra bulbs in case of a failure.
  • Wash your windscreen and wipers. In winter your wipers can become dirty from the harsh weather conditions, you need your wipers clean to maintain good visibility.

Essential items

It’s a good idea to have a winter breakdown kit should you get stuck somewhere. Below are a few items that you should include:  

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • A torch (with batteries that work)
  • Water and a blanket
  • First aid kit
  • A don’t forget a fully-charged mobile phone

Get ready for the cold weather and prepare your van for winter driving with these top tips.