As the temperatures continue to plummet, we imagine the last thing you want to do is dig out the bucket and sponge, and head outside to clean the car! However, there are certain things you should be doing to maintain your car this winter. Here are a few of our top tips to ensure your car stays as good as new this winter:
One thing is for certain, with the wonderful British weather, the roads will always be slippery in winter. Whilst the legal requirement for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, experts recommend that you have a minimum depth of 3mm for winter driving. Furthermore, if you’re likely to face snow or ice, consider buying winter tyres or snow chains, just to be on the safe side.
It's all too tempting to minimise your exposure to the winter driving conditions by leaving your car at home, but an unused car is a recipe for disaster in the winter. You should aim to use your car regularly to reduce the risk of getting a flat battery or the brakes seizing, both of which are common issues with cars that are left unused in colder weather.
Coolant is very important to your car in the winter months, as it keeps the engine from freezing in the colder temperatures. Make sure your coolant levels aren’t too low and that there aren't any leaks in your vehicle's engine that could cause coolant to drain out. As a rule, you should use a 50/50-mix of coolant and water in your radiator, as this will give your engine a lower freezing point than just coolant. It's worth keeping some ready-mixed coolant in your boot so you can refill the system whenever you need to.
In the winter months, your windscreen wipers tend to be used more so than often. With the sleet, rain and snow falling regularly, your windscreen will quickly become dirty. As such, it's vital that you keep your washer fluid topped up so you can clearly see the road in front of you.
This one goes without saying, it's important that you regularly check your oil levels, particularly in the winter months. If you're low on oil or its sludgy, your car’s engine won’t run efficiently.
If you want to take advantage of our winter checks, get in touch with our team today.