It’s that time of year again.
Winter is just around the corner and car owners across the country are starting to consider how best to make it through the season. Whether you’re preparing to put your classic to bed for the winter, or you’re just thinking about how to prepare your everyday car for the bad weather, we have you covered.
Road safety week 2022 is taking place from November 14th-20th. This year’s theme is ‘safe roads for all,’ a sentiment that is always important, but particularly so in winter. By taking proper precautions in wintertime and spending a few hours giving your car the once over, you will be helping to keep both yourself and other road users safe.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a handy list of things all car owners should check before winter sets in. Plus, we’ve added some common winter car care issues to be aware of for both driven and stored vehicles.
Things to check
Wipers and rubbers.
Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition as they’re going to be used a lot in the coming months. Replace them if they’re starting to wear out.
If you’re storing your car, either lift the wipers up away from the windscreen or put newspaper underneath them so they don’t stick to the glass and destroy the rubber.
As the weather turns, checking the tread on your tyres is vital. An easy way to check your tyre tread depth is the old 20p coin trick, which you probably already know! If your tyres aren’t up to scratch, make sure you get them replaced before you embark on any journeys.
For storage, your focus should be on maintaining good condition and avoiding seizing. To do this, give your tyres a deep clean and apply anti-seize grease on the threads of the wheel nuts. You can avoid flat-spotting by either jacking the car up so the tyres aren’t in contact with the floor, or by pumping the tyres up an extra 10psi (just don’t forget to drop the pressures when you start driving the car again!)
Make sure you check all your fluid levels and ensure your anti-freeze is topped up at the correct concentration, before it gets too cold outside.
It is also important to check your engine oil. Winter appropriate motor oils are indicated by a W in their SAE rating – they have a lower viscosity and flow more freely in cold weather, so you can keep moving with a happy engine.
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