How To Prepare Your Car For Winter
It may still feel like Summer now, but Winter really isn’t too far away! Below are a few ways in which you prepare your car for Winter.
The worst time to be stranded on the side of the road is when the conditions are cold, wet and blustery. As well as it being miserable for you, it’s also unsafe due to the poor visibility and slippery roads.
They say that prevention is better than a cure, so here are some ways to prevent any problems with your car:
1. Check Your Car Battery
The average life expectancy of a car battery is 5 years (according to the AA) so consider getting a new one if yours is older than that. Most garages can check the health of your battery too!
2. Check Your Liquid Levels
It may seem obvious, but keep an eye on your fuel levels – the worst time and place to be stranded is in Winter! Also make sure to check your coolant and oil levels, are between the minimum and maximum levels, and top-up if required. Ensure you have sufficient screenwash too, as all the extra grime in the Winter will mean you will get through it all quicker. Don’t forget to add anti-freeze if you haven’t used proper screenwash!
3. Check Your Tyres
Check them over for any obvious problems such as splits or cracks, and also check your tread depth using a depth gauge or looking at the tread wear indicators on your tyre. Also monitor the pressure by comparing it against the recommended PSI in your manual or online.
4. Clean Your Lights
It’s important other road users are able to see you coming, so be sure to give all your lights (indicators and brake lights included) a thorough wipe down.
5. Wipe Down Your Windows Both Inside & Out
The pesky road salts can make windows dirty, and this paired with the low sun can make visibility low. Make sure you regularly wipe down your windows to ensure you can see around you at all times! Also make sure to give your wipers the once-over, looking out for splits or tears on the blade!
6. Purchase A Car Cover
These are good at saving you time in the morning when you don’t want to spend hours de-icing your car! They also protect against road salt which may be used near your home, and can prevent your fluids from freezing!
To help you in case of an emergency or problem with your car, make sure to do the following:
Carry An Emergency Survival Kit
You never know what could go wrong, so it’s useful to have a range of supplies at the ready which can help with various different issues. These can include:
- Ice scraper
- cloth/sponge for wiping down condensation
- High vis jacket or a warning triangle
- Tow rope
- First aid kit
- Spare boots and thick coat for wet and cold conditions
- Fuel can
- Jump leads
- Foldable spade
Keep A Spare Phone Power Pack
In this day and age, this is pretty much a necessity – a dead phone could mean no recovery service, which could put you and your passengers in danger. Make sure to keep a charged power pack at hand so you can always be prepared!
Check Your Breakdown Cover
Make sure everything is up to date, and you are fully covered for a range of accidents. Check the areas you are covered for, and make a note of all the important phone numbers and information you will need if you do happen to break down.
If you are wanting a professional to look over your car before the colder months, have a look round your local garages as most will be happy to assist, which won’t cost much at all!