It is important to maintain the safety of your vehicle at all times, but the Winter months present some additional challenges for motorists. With darker nights, bad weather and cold conditions it all impacts the way in which we drive and with the colder months approaching it is important to know how to prepare your car for Winter. We have created an easy winter car maintenance checklist for you to ensure that you have all bases covered.
Winter Car Maintenance Checklist
Batteries don’t like cold damp conditions and motorists can often run into difficulties in colder months, with their vehicle refusing to start. If you have the right equipment, you can check that your battery is in good working order before the winter sets in, although it is probably easier to take it to a garage. In case you do run into difficulty, for an additional precaution you can also purchase car battery jump starter kits, which may give you extra time to take it to a garage to get it checked properly.
Check your lights
With the clocks going back on the 29th October, many of us will be travelling home in the evenings when it is already dark. Making sure that your lights are all working effectively is vital. Make sure that your lights are also clean. When the more treacherous weather appears, your lights can get covered in dirt very quickly.
Check your screenwash
With rainy or possibly snowy weather throughout the winter months you will definitely be needing your windscreen wipers. It is important to make sure that your screenwash is topped up regularly throughout these months in particular, to ensure your vision is not impaired whilst you are driving. It’s also a good idea to keep a bottle in your car, so that you can top up when you need to.
Check your antifreeze
Antifreeze stops the water in your engine’s cooling system from freezing in cold temperatures as well as raising the boiling point of the engine coolant to prevent overheating and it is vital that it is topped up at all times, especially in winter months. It also acts as protection against engine corrosion, aids heat transfer and prevents scale build up internally. This again is something that you could do yourself, but it is often easier to take it to the professionals at a garage to do for you.
Cold Weather Tyres
There has been much debate about whether winter tyres are necessary to have in the UK, as many people choose to use “all-season” tyres the whole year round. Obviously this is a personal preference, but it is worth noting that “cold weather” tyres are made of a softer compound that allows them to better grip snow and ice. They also reduce stopping distances in snow, ice and wet conditions, when the temperature is below 7 degrees as well as helping with cornering performance, helping to avoid skidding. If you would like some advice on cold weather tyres please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this with you further.