How to Prepare Your Car for Winter
Just as you dress yourself in extra layers and ‘winterise’ your house to protect it from the cold, your car needs extra preparation to make it through the winter as well. But getting ready is only half the battle. Winter driving conditions also mandate driving differently. Snow and ice need to be taken seriously and prepared for.
Most people are prepared with a wardrobe full of heavy coats and boots. This winter, make sure your car is as prepared as you are. Going the extra mile by getting your vehicle ready for winter and learning what it takes to drive safely through ice and snow could save your life.
Over the next few days, we will be giving you top tips on how to make sure you’re fully protected from the cold.
Preparing for Winter Driving
There’s no getting around winter. Instead of dreading it, prepare for it. The changing of the seasons is a great time to check out what your car needs to gear up for cold, wet, winter driving conditions. Do this before the first flake falls because small problems you ignored during warmer months could grow worse, leaving you stranded when the temperature plummets. A few simple tips could keep your car running all winter long.
- Get your car checked over by one of our service centres. We will check the battery, antifreeze level, thermostat, heater and brakes.
- Check to make sure your tyres have adequate tread. We can do this but if the treads are worn, replace them to be safe. Better yet, purchase winter tyres which have treads that provide better traction and are equipped to handle extreme winter driving conditions.
- Make a visual inspection of your vehicle’s lights. Make sure the front and rear lights are operational, especially the car’s flashing hazard lights.
- Often in the winter, the windscreen washer fluid may freeze. Instead of toughing it out until spring and leaving it, change the fluid with one made especially to spray in freezing conditions.
- Similarly, purchase winter wiper blades to cut through snow and ice instead of using regular ones throughout the year.
- Check the spray nozzles of your windscreen washer system. Sometimes, they get blocked by wax or debris. Use a needle or pin to clear blocked nozzles.
- Road salt commonly used during winter can damage your car’s paint. Rinsing it off every once in a while can help, but a good wash and coat of fresh wax will go a long way in preventing corrosion and keep your vehicle looking like new. Don’t forget we offer a free wash and vac on all cars serviced through our service centres!
Watch this space for more hot tips tomorrow!!
Information courtesy of http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/accidents-hazardous-conditions/how-to-prepare-your-car-for-winter1.htm
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