Buying a winter coat, some warm boots and a hat and scarf is something that most people would count as part and parcel of this time of year. With winter just around the corner and colder conditions already starting to creep in, most of us want to make sure that we are well prepared for the winter weather. So why is it an different when it comes to the car?
Maintenance with regards to your car is important the year round, but it's most important in winter, when driving conditions worsen and the ability of your car to deal with such a scenario can be the difference when it comes to staying safe.
So with winter on the horizon and the bitter cold weather just a few weeks away, what should you be doing to make sure your car is ready?
The most obvious and common sense change that needs to be made is with regards to your tyres. The biggest problems in winter come from frozen and wet roads, and if your tyre tread is insufficient, compromised grip can lead to real problems. If you have any doubt about your tyres at all, never leave it to chance, have new tyres fitted.
Coolant is not something we need to worry about throughout the year, so it's easy for it to slip our minds. But in winter, it can be really essential when the mercury drops. Damage to a frozen engine can be very costly to put right. Make sure to check coolant level is between the minimum and maximum lines before winter comes.
If you've not had the car battery checked for a while, this is the time to do it. In winter, if your car sits for any amount of time, the cold can cause the battery to drain, and this may leave you stranded, so it's always best to have its health checked by an expert before winter comes.
Have you seen a small chip in your windscreen at some point this year? Sure, it may seem inconsequential and insignificant at the moment, but now is the time to act to make sure it doesn't get worse. A small chip in summer won't change, but in winter, when your window freezes, this can turn into a large crack that is very pricey to repair. Make sure you have an expert repair a chip before winter to avoid this.
This is one to check throughout winter, a time when your wiper blades have much more chance of being damaged by adverse weather conditions. You'll need to use them more in colder weather, but you also have a higher risk of damaging them when they become frozen to the windscreen, so it's a good idea to just keep on top of things and make sure you check how healthy they are from time to time.
Posted by Danielle Barge