Top Tips for Looking After Your Car in Cold Weather
With winter fast approaching, it’s important to start preparing for the cold weather that’s coming to many parts of the country. Keep reading as we share our top tips for protecting your car this winter to avoid any damage to your vehicle.
Book a Winter Car Service
If your car hasn’t been in for a service recently, it’s about time you book your appointment. The cold causes a lot more issues for vehicles of all ages, so we recommend getting it checked over before the weather turns too cold. During a service, our team will check the battery, antifreeze, lights, and oil, all of which are critical for the winter months. Your battery is particularly important to check, and most cars need their battery replaced every five years. There’s nothing worse than breaking down in the freezing cold, but a winter service will prevent this from happening.
At this time of year, you’ll want to ensure you are adding antifreeze to your engine coolant. When the temperatures begin to drop, you should work on using a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. Keep it topped up at all times, or you’ll find your antifreeze becomes too diluted and freezes up.
Swap Over to Winter Tires
If you live in an area where you expect low temperatures this winter, we recommend switching out for winter tires. Even if you don’t anticipate snow falling, you’ll find that this will make driving much safer at this time of year. We all know how dangerous turning and stopping can be on ice and frost, so keep you and your family safe this year with winter tires.
Look After Your Windshield Wipers
When you park outside in the winter months, raise your windshield wipers to stop them from sticking to your windshield. These blades shouldn’t be used to remove snow and ice from your windshield, so make sure you have an ice scraper in your car or garage at all times unless you want to get an auto glass repair in the near future.
Top Up Your Fuel More Regularly
We always recommend keeping your fuel tank at least half full in the winter months. If you find yourself in a tricky situation, you’ll be more likely to be able to drive to the next rest stop. When you are visiting family and friends this holiday season and have a long drive to get there, make sure you plan out your gas stops before setting off from home.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
During the winter, we find more drivers experience issues with their cars than at any other time of the year. We recommend putting a spare set of warm clothing in your car, including accessories like scarves, hats, and gloves. A blanket is also well worth adding to your trunk, so you can keep warm if an emergency was to occur. In case you get in an accident due to another driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer may help you file a claim and get properly compensated.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when preparing your car for the cold winter weather. Our team will be here to support you if you need a winter service, so contact us today for more information and to protect your car this winter.