Get Prepped For Winter On The Road

Posted by Ben Davidson about 10 months ago

Snow is falling, the frosts are in and the world is getting that little bit colder (well, the top half, at least!). As the colder nights get darker faster and the mornings take longer to warm up, we have to be mindful of how we behave on the road - even more so than usual! Safety on the road is vital, but safety on the road in the winter? That’s more important than ever before. 


Driving in cold weather is a challenge for most people, but driving in the winter with the dark, too? Well, that’s a recipe for disaster right there. It’s for this reason that you need to get your car seen to, with car detailing completed so it’s as good as new, before the coldest part of the season really sets in. There is plenty that you can do yourself, but your appointment can make a difference between being safe on the road and being in an accident. 


Let’s take a look at some of the car maintenance you should be getting done as part of being prepared for winter on the road:


  • Checking your car battery should be the first thing that you have done. The cold weather can make it far harder for an engine to turn over and it can put a huge strain on the car battery. If you haven't changed it recently, then there’s every chance that it could be tired and this can give you enough trouble for your car not to start. It’s always better to see a specialist for your car battery woes; especially if you need it changed.

  • Always check your antifreeze levels in the winter, as it stops the water in the engine from freezing. You need to ensure that this doesn't happen, as otherwise your entire engine system can fail. The right levels of antifreeze can make all the difference to your engine, which is why testing them is vital.

  • Another car liquid you need to have checked is your screen wash. The wintry weather often means that you spend a lot of time using your wipers - thank you, road dirt. If the wash bottle is empty, you’ll find that your vision is impaired on the road by grime smeared across the window. This is not what you need on potentially icy roads.

  • The darker mornings and evenings now means that you have to have your exterior lights checked. The last thing you need is to be on the road and one of them cuts out on you due to dirt and salt buildup.

  • The tires on your car are the last thing that you need to ensure are checked out. Buying a full set of winter tires can make a difference between being safe on the road and skidding off course. They’re an effective tool to have to stop skidding, and having your tyres replaced is an investment in your safety and the safety of your car.


Winter car safety is not a joke - book in your checks today!


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