Is your car ready for the winter months?

5th December 2019
man and car in the snow

With winter fast approaching in many parts of the world, including here in the UK, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your car.

But how?

Glad you asked. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the things that you might want to check BEFORE the freezing weather, blizzards and snow arrives.

Check Your Battery

Batteries and cold temperatures don’t go well together. If your battery is on the blink or coming to the end of its serviceable life, it’s a good idea to have it tested now to see whether it can survive the harshness of winter. You don’t want to find yourself on a January morning unable to start your vehicle because the battery won’t power the alternator.

Get Your Car Serviced Now

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and nowhere is that aphorism truer than in the world of cars.

Getting your car serviced now should be a priority. A skilled mechanic will be able to warn you about any niggling problems and replace parts that might fail over the winter.

Add Engine Coolant Anti-Freeze

Frozen engine coolant that can’t circulate to the engine is bad news. It means that your engine won’t stay cool as you drive, even if the temperature is below zero outside.

Experts recommend adding anti-freeze to engine coolant in a fifty-fifty ratio. This additive prevents the engine coolant from freezing in its pipes, damaging your engine and leading to overheating when you do eventually decide to start it up.

Wash Your Wiper Blades

The winter is a difficult time for wiper blades. Any nicks and tears in the edge can become worse over time, especially if green algae start living on them.

Clean your wiper blades (or replace them if you have to), to avoid a situation where you can’t see where you’re going.

Also, while you’re at it, check the windscreen for any nicks and cracks. Cracks have a habit of growing larger in cold weather, especially if there’s a frost.

Take A Breakdown Kit With You At All Times

No matter how many preparations you make, breaking down in the winter is much more likely than at any other time of the year. Sensible drivers, therefore, pack a breakdown kit: a set of essential tools that can help them in the event of an emergency.

A typical breakdown kit includes things like snow grips, de-icer, torch, blanket, hi-visibility jacket, screen wash, drink supplies and a scraper to get ice off your windscreen.

Check Your Breakdown Cover

A breakdown kit is excellent, but it can’t, by itself, make your car roadworthy again, should you suffer a breakdown.

In the run-up to winter, check your breakdown cover. Make sure that your cover is valid. You never know when you might need it.

Check Your Fuel Levels And Brake Pads

The authorities can close roads in winter months, forcing you to take detours, so keep the fuel tank above one-quarter full.

Finally, check your brakes and pads to make sure that they are not excessively worn (or if you don’t know how, get a mechanic to do it for you)