As the winter months creep up, its vital to make sure that your car is in good working condition, so it is capable of dealing with the bad weather. And, the best way to this is by simply taking some time out to check your car over.
Winter weather can have a negative effect on a car’s health, increasing your chances of a breakdown, so it is crucial that you drive prepared. Much like driving through floods safely, there is much you can do to prepare your car for the colder weather.
And, there are some simple and but often overlooked steps you can take in order to make sure your car is ready for the winter. Here are 9 ways you can prepare your car for the winter months.
Cold weather can put a lot of strain on a car battery and have a negative impact on the amount of power the battery can deliver. Add in the additional power drain of heaters and other electrical devices, and it can become a critical component. If the battery struggles to provide enough power to start your car, then the chances are that it isn’t suitable for the winter.
Visibility during the winter months can be poor and driving in snow is no time to remember that you need to replace your wiper blades. Worn wiper blades can smear snow and dirt, which can reduce your ability to see the road, which can ultimately put your life at risk. Replacing your wiper blades is something you can do at home, and it only takes a matter to seconds to snap them into place. As good practice, we recommend replacing your wiper blades at least twice a year.
During the winter season, days are shorter, and weather conditions are a lot more treacherous, so maintaining your exterior lights is a vital aspect of preparing your car for the cold snap. It’s best to keep your lights on in all sorts of weather, as it helps you to be seen by other drivers. It’s a good idea to carry extra bulbs in case of a failure but do try and learn how to replace the bulbs in your own time before it comes to it because you can guarantee that when one fails, the chances are that it’s going to be dark.
The cold season is when your tyres need to be in their best condition. So, get them checked now by a professional to ensure they have a suitable amount of tread. If your tires are in good condition, make sure they are properly inflated at all times. And, this includes your spare tire. Cold weather causes tires to lose pressure more quickly, so its good practice to check them a couple of times a month.
Grit is an essential part of keeping roads safe during the winter weather. But it can cause damage to your car’s exterior. A good coat of wax can help protect your car from such damage.
Antifreeze is key to preventing the water in your car’s engine from freezing. And, it’s incredibly easy to check the effectiveness of your antifreeze by using a testing kit. All you need to do is lower the tube into the antifreeze then squeeze the rubber bulb on the end to suck some of the liquid inside the tester. You can then read the freezing point of the antifreeze using the scale inside the tester.
Floor mats aren’t usually on most driver’s minds when preparing their cars for the winter months. Yet, installing the right mats can help ensure the interior of your vehicle makes it through the cold season. A good quality floor mat protects your car’s carpets from water, snow, dirt and other mess that can get dragged into the interior.
The winter months are frequently wet, which draws up dirt from the road surface including grit, so you will be using your windscreen wipers a lot more than you would during the summer. Even if your windscreen wipers are in good condition, it is still highly likely that they will smear grime across your windscreen if your screenwash is empty. To ensure this doesn’t happen whilst you are travelling, open the windscreen washer bottle under the bonnet, and make sure it is filled up with screen wash. You can buy ready mixed or concentrated screenwash; all you need to do is dilute it with water.
To help you stay safe when driving during the winter, it’s always a good idea to travel with an emergency kit in the event of a breakdown. The following items are essential to keep in your car and can be bought from most automotive outlets such as Halfords.
If you are thinking about leasing a car in the run-up to winter, then Wheels4Sure can help. We have a range of cars that perform great during the winter months, including the Hyundai i30 Manual, Peugeot 308 Active and Renault Captur Iconic.
Our leasing packages cover the first year’s road tax, servicing, breakdown cover, and full manufacturer’s warranty. We accept our car leasing applicants based on their current affordability, not credit history. In fact, we say yes to 95% of applications. Please call us on 0203 823 1010 or apply via our website to get started today!