Looking After Your Car This Winter

Looking After Your Car This Winter
November 19 13:26 2016 Print This Article

As the temperatures start to take a nosedive, it’s important that you ensure you’re ready to brave the winter cold and all the mechanical challenges that come with it. Many people take their autos for granted and expect the same smooth ride day in day out. But when the cold comes knocking, your car can struggle to keep up with the added weather difficulties. So, give it a little TLC pre-winter season for the best driving experience this winter.

These simple guidelines will help keep your drives safe and efficient and free from inconveniencing mechanical failures.

Inspect the oil

This is perhaps the oldest tip in the book of cars, but this certainly doesn’t mean you should pass it up. If your car’s oil levels are low or the oil sludgy, then it’s pretty obvious that engine won’t function as optimally as it should. Replace the oil or top it up if necessary, and you will enjoy the benefits all through winter.


What’s the condition of your tires?

One thing you can sure of in winter is that the roads will be very slippery. Your tires, therefore, need to have sufficient tread for you to be able to stay on the road. The recommended depth for your treads is 3mm that is two times the minimum you use normally. If you live in an area where you encounter a lot of snow, you should think about buying these winter types and some snow chains so you don’t have to worry about skidding off the road and onto thin ice that can be quite dangerous.

Regularly top up your washer fluid

The typical scenario when driving is a track in front of you spraying brine in the bid to thin the snow which translates to a lot of salty water hitting your windscreen. In the event you are out of washer fluid, you might be forced to drive as you peep through a tiny space on your screen. To avoid this dreary situation, ensure your washer jets have the right amounts of screen wash that won’t freeze with the winter cold.

Clean up the inside of your car

Leaving your car’s interior unattended to can lead to a lot of damage especially during winter. Take out litter as food articles can solidify on your chairs and roof of your car leaving grime that can’t be cleaned out. Clean your entire interior right from wiping the inside of your windows and doors to the mats and chairs to ensure winter sails through without leaving sticky grime to deal with once winter is over.

Inspect your car’s radiator

Whether summer or winter, it is important to keep your radiator topped up at all times. During the winter season, you should use antifreeze to keep the fluid from solidifying. It’s advisable to carry some antifreeze coolant with you at all times in case you need to refill along the way.

Spruce up your car’s exterior

The hard-hitting snow means that it’s very easy for muck to make its way inside your car. The best way to prevent this is to give your vehicle weekly deep cleaning that will protect it from corrosion or even worse, rust.

Always have an emergency kit

A mechanical failure during winter can feel like hell, to say the least. Waiting for someone to come tow your car can feel like a lifetime when you are freezing. Always carry some water, a warm blanket, a first-aid kit and some snacks just in case you have to stay holed in longer than usual.

Have a shovel at hand

It’s easy to underestimate the extent of snow on the road especially if you are coming from the house. But, if you have a shovel with you, you may be able to clear out some snow if you find yourself way deep in the snow.

Park your car under cover

Starting your car in freezing weather can be quite a challenge especially if you park it outside. A sheltered spot that protects your car from the elements is your best bet. Additionally, you won’t have to wake to scrap ice from your car every morning.

Use or pack your car until winter is over?

With all the driving challenges that come with winter, it is easy to get tempted to just park you and avoid it all. However, a car that’s not been used for a long time, especially during the cold season, can lead to seized brakes or a flat battery. You can at least take your car for a drive at least once in a week to avoid such problems and to also reduce the hustle of winter driving.


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