Autumn is getting on, and all the talk is of a cold winter. Cold weather can really impact your car, stressing joints and parts. Here are six tips to help your car – and you – survive another winter.
1. Check the mechanics, or arrange your servicing so that a garage can do this for you. Cold can make rubber go brittle, so don’t forget brakes and engine hoses. Your battery will work harder in cold weather; check it is charging properly and in good health.
2. Ensure your windscreen wipers are in good health. Check the wear on the blades – and in frosty weather, NEVER turn on your wipers while the ignition is on. They could freeze in the “on” position and fuse, leaving you unable to see.
3. Fill up your windscreen washer with anti-freeze screenwash. Nothing is worse than being caught short, unable to rid your screen of ice and frost while time ticks on and you can’t get going. And while a credit card really will just about do the job of clearing an icy windscreen, ideally you’ll use a scraper – so make sure you have one in your car.
4. Cast your eye over your tyres. Slippery roads require more grip, and you want to be sure your tyres are in good health. Even in a cold British winter, you are not likely to need snow chains – but you might want to consider having some in place, just in case we do get a lot of snow. You’ll also need to make sure your tyres are at the correct pressure.
5. “See and be seen” are the watchwords for road usage. Check all your bulbs work – not forgetting brake lights, fog lights and indicators. You could ask a passenger to do this, or check for yourself in mirrors or shop windows.
6. If the weather forecast gets really bad, put boots, torch, shovel and warm clothing into your car boot. Snow can come down quickly when it begins and it doesn’t take long for roads to become blocked if the timing is bad.
Driving in ice and snow is tricky if you are not used to it but following these simple steps will allow you to feel confident in your vehicle – and giving your car a little love now as the cold weather bites will really pay dividends in the future.
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