Winter is just around the corner. For many of us, it also means the challenges of having a car in winter are just around the corner, too, like slippery streets, icy roads, chilly temperatures, and heavy snow. How will you make sure your vehicle is well cared during the difficult winter months?
Here are a few car care tips to prevent long-term loss:
Winter Tires and Everyday Checks
Having winter tires can make all the difference in your driving performance and will keep you safe on those icy roads. Throughout the winter season, you’ll want to do frequent checks on your tires to make sure they are well inflated and still have a good tread.
Get Your Wipers Prepared
Fog, snowfall, and storms will blur your visibility in winter. Your ability to keep the windshield clear will be tested.
In the old days, people for colder weather fitted “winter blades” that had rubber covers over the borders to prevent them from freezing up. There are hardly required, as many cars from the past decade have a type of blade, generally called “beam blades”, that isn’t prone to the freeze up.
Top up Engine Coolant with Antifreeze
Engine coolant should be a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. You will need to top it up with antifreeze as it becomes diluted over time. We make the blunders of covering it with water throughout the year, so the antifreeze gets over-diluted and freezes in a freezing climate. It may lead to the engine overheating and a huge repair bill.
Starting Your Car in The Winter
If you are not an everyday driver, you’ll want to make sure that you at least start your car once a week if you can to make sure that the fluids in the car are moving around and to keep your car in good working condition for the warmer months.
So, how long do you need to warm up your car in the winter? The answer is simple, not much. The engine will warm up quickly as you drive it around.
Keep Your Car Battery Charged
Another critical step to take before the really cold temperatures swoop in and surprise us all is to check your vehicle’s battery and make sure that it is fully charged and in good condition. It’s important to check frequently and to keep your car battery charged during winter months.
Clean your Lights
In the winter months, the days are much shorter, which means that you tend to drive in the dark more. So always make sure that all lights, indicators, and rear reflectors are not covered with ice. Check there are no broken lenses or blown bulbs. And never overlook to go through full-beam headlights, fog lights, and indicators.
Try to keep your Fuel Tank more than half full
During winter weather, it’s a good idea to keep at least half a tank of fuel in the vehicle in the event of an emergency or if you get stuck in the snowfall and have to wait for rescue. For long route journeys, locate gas stations for gas in advance.
Other Important Areas
If you have a little knowledge of motor parts, check your brake pads, brake discs and brake fluid to confirm the brakes are good and quick to respond. Plan and keep ready 24-hour emergency roadside assistance auto protection plans for emergencies. Get details about the climate on your route and, when possible, postpone your trip if you announce rough weather.