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Thursday, July 25, 2024

10 Top Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Winter is a stressful time of the year for motorists. Not only do the conditions make it stressful, difficult and dangerous to drive, but the weather can also take its toll on the vehicle. This is why it is helpful to be aware of 10 winter maintenance tips that should make inter driving easier and safer for you.

1. Switch to Winter Tyres

It is worthwhile switching to winter tyres once the weather turns. These tyres are designed to work in ice and wet conditions by providing greater grip and control on the roads. This will make driving safer and give you peace of mind.

2. Check Tyre Pressure

Tyre pressure has an impact on the performance, efficiency and safety of the tyres. This is why you should check the pressure on a regular basis and always before a long drive.

3. Check the Battery

Battery problems can be common in the winter and they are one of the main reasons that people break down. This is why you should test the battery and replace it if needed.

4. Check the Antifreeze

You also need to check and top up the antifreeze if required. This stops the engine from freezing in cold temperatures, so it is a particularly important task to carry out once the temperature starts to fall.

5. Cover the Windshield Overnight

Covering the windshield overnight is smart because it can prevent ice from forming. This could save you a lot of time and effort in the mornings and make your commute to work much easier.

6. Use a Cloth For Condensation

Condensation can be an issue inside the car during the colder months of the year. A cloth will come in handy simply for wiping down the windows and any other wet surfaces.

7. Carry Additional Screen Wash

Screen wash is essential for driving during the winter (particularly in the UK) and you dont want to run out. This is why you should always have additional screen wash so that you can top up if you suddenly run out.

8. Test the Lights

Lights are another key function and you need to test these often before setting out. You can also wash them to ensure that they are as effective as they can be.

9. Protect the Exterior

The winter conditions can take their toll on the exterior, so it is smart to wax the car before winter and then wash it a few times over the next few months to remove grit and debris.

10. Pack an Emergency Kit

You should have a winter emergency kit in the car in case you encounter any issues. This will include items such as a shovel, de-icer, warning lights, blanket, phone charger, food and drink and a first-aid kit.

These 10 maintenance tips will hopefully help the winter to be safer and less stressful for any motorist.



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