Winter Car Care Done Right
Every day the weather gets that little bit colder, and it becomes even more evident that winter is well and truly on its way. With that in mind, now is the ideal time to brush up on your winter car care skills, to ensure that you know what it takes to keep your car ‘healthy’ this winter. The fact is that it can be far too easy to take your car for granted. However, you can’t expect your car to run faithfully all winter long is you fail to take proper care of it, can you? That’s why it is so important that you understand how to take care of your car in winter, to ensure that it runs smoothly all season long.
To help you to do that, here is a simple guide to have a read of and take note of.
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Check the oil
If there is just one thing that you do for your car this winter, let it be this – check the oil. The oil is what allows your car to run smoothly, and without it, your vehicle will struggle to run, so checking it is vital. If you check the dipstick and the oil is low, this means that it’s time for a top up. If you notice that the oil is a little dirty, it could be worth booking your vehicle into an auto repair shop for an oil change. When a car’s oil is dirty, it struggles to run as smoothly as it should do, so having an oil change every once in a while is something that’s worth doing.
Assess your tyres
When the weather turns cold, it is your vehicle’s tyres that can mean the difference between life and death. That is why it is so important to make time to check your tyres to ensure that not only are they properly inflated but also that they aren’t too worn and still have all the grip that is needed to drive carefully. Feel like your tyres don’t have the grip needed to drive safely? Then it could be time to have the replaced with winter tyres that offer additional grip, or another option could be to invest in snow chains.
Refill the radiator
Regardless of the season, it is crucial that you keep your car’s radiator topped up. During the colder months, using anti-freeze is particularly important, as otherwise, the fluid may freeze, rendering your car useless. For topping up your radiator, it is worth keeping some ready to use, pre-mixed coolant in the boot of your car.
Run it every day
In the winter months, an unused car really is a recipe for total disaster. The fact is that when a car doesn’t get regularly used in colder weather, this impacts its ability to turn on and run. To keep your car ‘healthy’ in the winter months, it is vital that you drive it regularly and take it for a long drive at least once a week. Doing this will reduce your risk of a flat battery or brakes that have seized up.
When it comes to winter car care, everything that you need to know is above. Take note and implement that advice, and you can ensure that your stays ‘healthy’ all winter long.