BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
…Our winter checklist and maintenance guide.
BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE…
..and we’re here to help. It’s important to take extra care over your car’s maintenance over the winter months and there are a few things you need to pay extra attention to. We’ve compiled a handy list to help you know what they are.
CHECK YOUR CAR BATTERY
Cold, ice and damp can cause your battery to underperform or even go caput. If you’re experiencing problems with your battery, then a simple service at your local garage will put your mind at rest.
If the battery needs to be replaced, it can cost anywhere from £60 including fitting, to over £100 if it’s a more advanced model fitted with a stop-start system.
There’s nothing worse than getting stuck before work with a car that won’t start, or even somewhere more remote without a nearby garage. So thinking ahead can save you the hassle.
CHECK YOUR ANTIFREEZE
Your car’s engine cooling system should be filled with a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water to prevent freezing and boiling over. We advise to test the effectiveness of your antifreeze by using a an antifreeze tester. There are home kits that only cost a couple of pounds and you can purchase one here one HERE. Simply fill the tester with coolant and number of floating balls indicates the protection level.
CHECK SCREEN WASH
You’ll find yourself using your screen wash much more over the winter months as we see more rain. A simple check of your screen wash level will make sure you’re not smearing grime all over your windscreen.
It’s also important to pick the right screen wash for your car. With loads of options out there it’s difficult to know which one will work best with your car. Check out this handy article HERE for a guide on choosing the best screen wash.
CHECK EXTERIOR LIGHTS
Our top tip with your car’s exterior lights is to always carry extra bulbs with you. You don’t want to be stuck in heavy weather and realise your bulb has gone. Also, a regular check and clean of your lights is a must. Dirt can build up quickly in the winter months and it can affect the visibility of your lights not just for you but for other drivers.
There’s a reason they test your tyre tread depth knowledge in driving tests. The legal limit is 1.6mm, but having more than this can actually improve the steering and breaking of your car. For obvious reasons this is even more important in the winter months as we frequently drive on wet and icy roads.
Additionally, you may want to consider getting special winter tyres for your car if you find yourself driving more often in winter conditions. Winter tyres give your car exceptional grip when the temperatures drop, and also in snow and ice.
WINTER CAR CHECKLIST
Carrying an emergency winter kit with you seems a bit extreme…but not to the people who have found themselves having to use it. You’ll thank yourself hugely for this checklist in the event you find yourself stranded in bad weather.
- A fully charged mobile phone
- Phone charger
- Personal medication.
- First aid kit.
- A road atlas
- Sat-nav or a printed route
- A blanket, rug or sleeping bag.
- Ice scraper and de-icer.
- Torch and batteries.
- Snacks – chocolate or cereal bars.
- Extra screenwash.
When the weather is really severe
- A warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and warm clothes.
- Sturdy footwear.
- A flask of hot drink.
Want a FREE Winter Check?
If you’ve not got the time to check your car for winter, then we can do it for you. Give us a call and drop in to see us.