Winter is a challenging time for cars. We expect them to start reliably on frosty mornings, cope with wet and icy road conditions and still eke the most miles out of a gallon of fuel.
Given the extra demands on our vehicles in the winter months, it’s no surprise that they’re more likely to break down – https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/rac-news/winter-breakdowns/. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep things running smoothly and ensure your car gets through the winter without problems.
Preparing your car
It’s a good idea to have your car serviced before winter sets in. This ensures that any small faults get fixed before they have the chance to develop into a bigger issue. It also means that items like the brakes and alternator belts get checked as they are under more strain during cold weather. You should also check that all of your lights are working correctly and take the time to keep your lights and interior mirrors clean. Clean your windows inside and out too as it’s surprising how much dirt collects on the inside of windscreens which you don’t notice so much in summer but it becomes more evident when windows mist up.
While looking at windows, get any cracks or chips attended too as cold weather could make them worse. Check your wiper blades too and replace them is they’re smearing or leaving streaks. Top up your screenwash and include an additive to prevent it freezing.
If you hate having to scrape your car windows when it’s frosty or snowy, then it may be time to think about clearing out your garage so you can put the car under cover. Garage shelving systems from somewhere like garage-shelving.co.uk can give you somewhere to put your garden supplies, tools and other items to make space for the car.
If you live in a region that regularly gets bad weather you might want to think about fitting winter or all-weather tyres. Remember though that you need to fit them on all four wheels for them to be effective.
If you have to drive in bad weather it’s a good idea to put together an emergency kit to keep in the car. This should include a high-vis jacket, torch, blanket, food and water, de-icer, a scraper and screenwash. Plus, make sure your mobile is charged before you set off.