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Winter Car Maintenance: Looking After Your Car in Cold Weather

December 4, 2017

We all know how important it is to drive safely in winter. The roads can be slippery, and visibility can be reduced. For an insight into some winter driving tips, check out a blog post we put together last year.
 
Here, though, we’re talking about winter car maintenance. Keeping your car ticking over during the cold weather is extremely important, and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you keep your car-related stress levels to a minimum.
 

Ask the experts

What better way to enter a harsh winter than to have your car checked by a group of experts? Rather than risk missing any issues with your car, get it serviced at the start of winter. That way, you can be sure that there are no underlying issues at the start of the cold season. You can get in touch with us about our servicing by filling out one of our online contact forms.
 

Check your tyres

Tyre checks are one of the most important parts of winter car maintenance. The requirements of your tyres don’t differ legally at different times of the year, but it is often recommended that the tread measure closer to 3mm than the standard 1.6mm. Tyres with these measurements offer a little more grip, which can be extremely handy in more challenging driving conditions.
 

Clean up

Winter makes your car dirtier. In addition to affecting the aesthetics of a vehicle, dirt can also hamper your ability to drive safely. You should always keep you lights, windscreen, wing mirrors, and registration plates clean.
 
While you’re checking the windscreen, be sure to keep an eye out for any damage, too. Chips can quickly grown after a few frosty mornings. Any winter car maintenance should always include a good, thorough wash of these areas.
 

Stock up

Next on our list comes a list of some essentials; you should always aim to be stocked up on the following equipment during the colder months:

  • 1) De-icer
  • 2) Ice scraper
  • 3) Screenwash
  • 4) A torch, blanket, and hi-vis jacket; these items can be life-saving if you break down
  • 5) Drink, and food that won’t go off

 

Thinking ahead

It’s advisable to keep your fuel tank at least a quarter full, just in case you hit a significant, unexpected delay. Snowstorms can hit without much warning, and can cause delays of several hours. It’s important in these situations that you’ve got enough fuel to see yourself home safely.
 
Finally, be sure to check the car’s oil and brake pads, and your breakdown cover. If you’ve got any questions for us about your own winter car maintenance, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can give your car all the checks it needs, and are also happy to offer some advice.