Tips for Servicing Your Car in Winter

26th January 2015
Audi Car being Serviced

Winter comes at the same time each year, but every year motorists experience problems with their vehicles during harsh weather because they have not protected their cars sufficiently.

There are several things that drivers can do to ensure that they protect their vehicles and keep them from being a danger either to themselves or to other drivers. Giving a good service before the winter hits can be the most sensible way to ensure that your car stays on the road during the worst of the bad weather.

Check your lights

You want to make sure that you can be seen by other drivers, and that your car is well-protected. So, for example, you need to make sure that all of your exterior lights work, and that there is no sign of damage to the glass around the light. You should check that the lights come on and off when you turn the switch in the car, with no delays. Wipe down the surface of the glass to ensure that it is as clean as possible. You should also check the wipers of your front and back windscreens, as you don’t want to be caught in a snowstorm with wipers that don’t work.

Check your tyres

Still outside the car, look at your tyres. In wet and icy weather, you will need tyres with a good tread, and they will also need to be inflated to the correct requirements of your car (check the handbook for details). You should also make sure that there are no bulges or fraying to the tyre, as this can be the prelude to a flat.

Check electrics

Make sure that your battery is fully charged, and works well. There are more emergency call-outs for flat batteries than for all other problems, so service this before you start driving in winter.