Cold weather and difficult driving conditions mean than breakdowns, engine problems and road accidents are more likely to occur over the winter months. So it makes sense to take more care to ensure your car is in good enough condition to face the onslaught of rain, snow, ice and plummeting temperatures.
Here are 6 tips for keeping your car well-maintained over the long and cold winter months.
As temperatures drop, your battery is one of the first things to suffer. Lights and heating rely on the battery and can put greater strain on it during the colder, darker months. Get a battery check to ensure it’s up to scratch. If it can’t cope with winter, it will need to be replaced.
Over the winter it’s essential to check the tyre pressure and ensure the tread depth is more than 3mm to cope with harsher road conditions.
An alternative is to get dedicated winter tyres fitted. They have more grip and perform better in snowy and icy conditions.
You need to keep a keener eye on fluid levels over the winter:
Don’t forget to continuously add anti-freeze solution to your windscreen washer fluid. Ensure there is always adequate fluid to keep the windscreen clean and clear, as mud created from rain, sleet and snow can greatly reduce visibility.
During darker winter days it’s essential that all lights are working correctly. A check up of all lights including fogs, rear reflectors, indicators and hazard lights is recommended.
Be prepared for winter by keeping the following kit in your car:
A complete car check up including battery, fluid levels, tyres and lights will ensure your car is fit and safe for winter.
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