The number of breakdowns can double during the winter months. With salted streets, icy roads, freezing temperatures and heavy snow the roads can be very hazardous. Before the worst weather hits, it is important to check your car to make it through to spring. Below are some simple car care tips that can go a long way toward making sure your car stays in great shape all winter long.
1. Check Your Tyres
Winter conditions put extra strain on to your vehicle and its tyres so it is important that you make sure everything is in working order before temperatures start to drop. The condition and quality of your tyres will dramatically affect their winter performance and it is important that you feel confident they will be able to perform to their full potential. Check that you have a sufficient amount of tread, as it is important that your tyres will be able to provide you with good levels of grip on slippery surfaces.
You’ll probably be doing most your driving in the dark, so make sure all your lights are working. Be sure to check that all lights, indicators and rear reflectors are clean. Make sure you check that your indicators and fog lights work correctly.
3. Under The Bonnet
Be sure to keep your Engine coolant topped top. It should be a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. As time goes on top it up with with more antifreeze. Too much water and the antifreeze will over time dilute and freeze. Keep your fuel level high incase of an unexpected delay, and to help keep you warm in traffic.
It’s often more difficult for a battery to operate in cold weather than it is for a battery to operate in warm weather. Also factor in the increased use of the lights, heater and blower, which place it under additional strain. Batteries last around 5 years, so if your car is struggling it might be time to replace the battery.
Your local garage can help prevent problems caused by the cold. Get a service before the winter to help reduce the risk of car problems.