The frosty allure of winter brings not only the charm of the festive season but also a set of driving challenges. As the mercury dips and icy roads become a common sight, making sure your car is primed for winter becomes crucial. To assist you, we've curated an essential list of tips to ensure your ride remains in top shape during these chilly months.
1. Examining the Tyres:
Your tyres are the frontline soldiers battling the icy and slippery winter roads. While many drivers might neglect them, maintaining your tyres can be the difference between a safe journey and a perilous one.
Depth of Tread: Ensure a tread depth of at least 2.5mm over most of the tyre's surface. Although the legal limit stands at 1.6mm, it's wise to act before hitting this mark. A simple trick with a 20p coin can be revealing: if the coin's outer ring remains hidden when inserted into a tyre's groove, you're good to go.
Monitoring Tyre Pressure: Keep a consistent check on the pressure, comparing it with the values given in your car's manual. Remember, cold conditions might cause a drop in tyre pressure.
2.Surveying the Battery:
Winter months can strain car batteries. As temperatures plummet, batteries may struggle to provide the necessary power.
Regularly gauge the battery's health and consider replacements for older or underperforming ones.
Confirm its firm placement to avoid potential disconnections or damage.
3. Refreshing Coolant and Antifreeze Levels
Maintain a consistent check on coolant quantities, replenishing with a blend of water and antifreeze when required.
A winter-appropriate antifreeze concentration will prevent engine water from turning into ice.
4. Review of Windscreen Wipers
During winter, wipers work overtime dealing with rain, sleet, and road dirt. Swap out any old or malfunctioning wipers.
Fill the washer reservoir with a winter-specific fluid to avoid freezing.
5. Lighting Systems Check
Dimmer days and possible snowy conditions demand optimal lighting. Frequently clean and inspect all exterior lights, including blinkers.
Stock up on extra bulbs, especially if your vehicle doesn't possess advanced lighting mechanisms.
6. Monitoring Oil Levels
The right oil consistency and levels become even more vital in colder climates. Periodically inspect oil levels, replenishing when necessary.
Choose an oil designed for colder temperatures for optimal performance.
7. Brakes Assessment
Reliable brakes are indispensable, especially when roads get slick. Visually inspect brake discs for any signs of wear or rust.
If uncertain, seek expert advice. It's always better to prioritize safety.
8. Preparedness Kit
Equip yourself for unforeseen winter road challenges. Equip your car with basics such as a warm blanket, flashlight, snow-clearing shovel, basic medical kit, ice removal tools, de-icing spray, and a visibility-enhancing vest. Think about adding a portable battery booster.
Include some long-lasting snacks and beverages. Charge your mobile device before embarking on any journey and always have a charging cable at hand.
The enchanting winter season, with its snowflakes and festivities, can be demanding for vehicles. A proactive approach to checks and maintenance can sidestep the inconvenience of sudden halts and pricey fixes. But more significantly, they provide a safer environment for everyone on the road. So, gear up, make your vehicle winter-ready, and cruise through the cold confidently.
Wishing you secure and pleasant winter travels from the Carkeys team!