As the days get colder, driving becomes harder. It is no great secret that winter is a tough time of year for drivers. If it snows, you are going to have some serious problems with your car. Before the ice sets in, it might be worth preparing your car a little. When you prepare a car for cold weather, you are making sure that it can survive the winter months. If you want to save money later, it is worth trying to fix up your car now. Here are some simple steps you should take to make sure that your car is safe this winter.
Step 1: Get a quick check up
Step one is easy, because you don’t have to do anything. Get a mechanic to look at your car and see that it is all in working order. If you have any issues with your car, a mechanic will tell you about them. It is better to repair any problems with your car, before it gets cold.
Step 2: Loosen your locks
One of the main problems that drivers have during cold weather is that their locks freeze. When your locks get cold, they tend to get stiff as well. When you go to open your car, you might find that your key won’t turn. That is a real problem, especially if you are in a rush to get somewhere. Squirt some WD40 into your locks so that you loosen them up. That way, you are less likely to have problems with your locks.
Step 3: Make sure that you carry car essentials
If you do break down, you need to make sure that you have everything that you need in your car. There is nothing worse than breaking down and not having the right things with you. Make sure that you car a USB phone charger in your car so that, if your phone dies, you can still contact people to help you. You should also make sure that you have a spare tyre in the boot of your car so that you can change it if you get a flat. Finally, make sure that you carry some anti-freeze and a spare can of fuel.
Step 4: Flush out your cooling system
If your car’s cooling system freezes, you have a big problem. A frozen system will not work. It will also put extra strain on your battery when you try and switch it on. The best thing you can do, before it gets too cold, is flush out your car’s cooling system. Drain the system and use some anti-freeze to make sure that it will not freeze. It is worth replacing the liquid in your cooling system now and then. If you leave the same liquid in your car, it might rot or freeze.
Step 5: Check the battery
You need to check your battery on a regular basis. If your battery dies, you will find yourself stranded. Make sure that you check what condition your battery is in at the start of winter. The cold weather puts an extra strain on your battery. If it is not in great condition, it might not make it through winter. You can take your car to a local garage and have them check out your car’s battery. If you don’t make sure that you car has power, you are putting yourself in danger. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to driving.
Step 6: Find shelter for your luxury car
If you have a luxury car, it is important that you protect it from the cold weather. For example, if you look at Porches on inchcape.co.uk/Porsche/, you will see that many have fine exteriors. The problem is that the cold weather can damage the exterior of your car. The best way you can prevent your car from damage is to cover it. You can buy special car covers that will help to protect your car this winter. If you have a garage, you should make sure that you always put your car in it at night. That way, you can ensure that the exterior of your vehicle is as beautiful as the day you bought it.
Step 7: Don’t use your heater too much
There is a huge temptation to put your heater on all the time when you are driving in the winter time. Yes, it is freezing when you get in your car each morning, but turning on the heater is a bad idea. Heating systems in cars drain your car’s power. You want your battery to last you throughout the winter. That means that you need to be careful when it comes to using your car’s battery. If you have your heating on all the time, it will run your battery down and could even kill it.
Step 8: Get some good tyres
When the roads get icy, you need to make sure that you have a good set of tyres for your car. Accident statistics increase by around 30% when there is ice on the roads. That means that you are a third more likely to have an accident during the winter. Make sure that you invest in a set of tyres with extra grip. If you can’t change them, a mechanic will be happy to change out all your tyres for you. It might cost you a little more to get some help, but it will be worth it.
Step 9: Give it a clean
When the cold weather sets in, you will have no chance to clean your car. The best way to make sure that everything is in working order is to give your vehicle a thorough clean right now. When it snows, and it will, you will not be able to do anything for your car. Take an afternoon to clean your car. Make sure that you clean everything from the interior of your car to the windscreen wipers. That way, you can ensure that there is no dirt or grime on your car before the winter comes.
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