Winter often means bad news for many car owners. Whether it’s more challenging road conditions or just the chill of a bitter breeze, driving during the colder season is few people’s idea of fun. Even if you’re going to buy a quality car from FoW, the rules are the same for everyone for car care at winter.
Still, this isn’t an excuse to leave our cars tucked away in the garage until a warmer spring comes about. All our cars still need to be used and cared for, even during the toughest bouts of weather.
Therefore, here’re a few trips to help you look after your car this winter.
Service Your Vehicle
Before you start your own checks and maintenance work, hire the hands of professionals first. They’ll test your car for any signs of faults and failures and get back to you with a detailed rundown of anything they find that’s cause for concern. Nothing can replace this level of expertise, and you certainly don’t want to be driving a problem car out on icy, slippery roads.
For example, the breaks will be tested in terms of their quality and response times, the tyres tried for traction, as well as headlights tested for their visibility. A fault caught early on here may even go so far as to save lives, so it’s important you start your maintenance checklist with a thorough servicing at the dawn of winter. While it’s always handy to trust your own judgement, frankly, the judgement of the professionals will always be better!
De-ice the Windscreen
Visibility is enormously important when out on the roads. Any obscured vision can lead to accidents both minor or fatal, so no shortcuts can be taken here. Every window needs to be cleared of frost and ice in a way that doesn’t damage the vehicle, so no matter what you do, take your time and clear away the frost calmly. Any rigorous efforts, and you risk chipping glass or scratching bodywork.
Every morning before work or the school run, take the time to whip out your scraper and de-icing solutions and get to work. You can even hand a scraper or two to your kids (though obviously not any of the bottled chemicals) and get to work as a team. After all, they’ll have to do it themselves with their own cars one day! Store all the tools you used inside the car; you may need them throughout the colder days!
Check the Battery
The cold air, unfortunately, isn’t just a bit chilly for people. It also works away at your cars components and makes them slower, less effective, and sometimes even broken entirely. The effects of this are often felt hardest on the battery, which can be redundant if the cold is constantly coating it and freezing it over.
Obviously, no battery means no functioning car. Don’t be afraid to try out your own testing equipment here or take it to the mechanics if problems arise. Any issues should be caught out in the servicing, but as winter lasts for a good few months, these things can conk and give up at any time. Keep an eye on your battery, and your car will stay operational!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.