Icy roads could leave you sliding into further car problems.

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Following the heaviest snowfalls to hit Ireland for some 20 years which made driving conditions treacherous on the road network,

Following the heaviest snowfalls to hit Ireland for some 20 years which made driving conditions treacherous on the road network, many will be counting the cost of the resulting damage to their vehicles and replacement car parts. Insurers companies alone expect to be landed with a huge bill for damage to vehicles caused as a result of the recent snow storms.

Whilst a vehicle may appear to have avoided even relatively minor damage, there may be more serious problems hiding in some of the less obvious places on a vehicle which could cause damage in the long-term and seriously affect the performance and safety of your vehicle.

Those drivers who may have experienced a slide or skid whilst driving on icy surfaces are being particularly encouraged to check their vehicle to ensure that important car parts remain operational.

Although most vehicle damage and subsequent claims will relate to bodywork and aesthetic problems, less visible damage to vulnerable car parts is equally likely to cause problems in the long-term unless they are inspected and, where necessary, repaired or replaced.

Suspension components are amongst the car parts that are particularly prone to damage in snow and icy conditions which can obscure potholes and other imperfections in road surfaces. 

Damage to wheels and tyres are also likely concerns for motorists as a result of last week’s snow storms, with even minor scrapes with kerbs and other surfaces potentially causing hundreds of euros worth of damage.