As the mercury dips below zero, and cold weather warnings in place in regions of the UK It’s the perfect time to ensure your vehicle is winter-ready.
1. Check your battery
The cold weather can make it difficult for engines to turn over which affects batteries’ power consumption. Add to this the fact that you’ll use your heater and lights more often and, if your battery isn’t in top shape, you could be stranded at roadsides. Batteries for cars typically last about five years. If you find that you’re experiencing problems with yours or has passed its expiration date, have it checked and, if required get it replaced.
2. Refill the antifreeze.
Coolant for engines is a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water but with time, the antifreeze ingredient can be diluted, so you should make sure you top it up. You can determine the efficacy of your antifreeze by using a test kit.
Clean your windshield inside and out. Make sure your window wipers are clean , and then check them for any damages. Then ensure you top-up your washers with a screen wash that is infused with antifreeze.
4. Be seen
Verify that all indicators, lights, and rear lights have been cleaned.
5. Take a look at your tyres
It is a must to take this step and it’s even more crucial in cold weather. The tread limit for legal purposes is 1.6mm but having more tread on your tyres will make a major difference in your braking and steering in the cold weather. Make sure to check the pressure of your tyres, since cold temperatures can affect this.
6. Keeping an eye on your fuel
In the colder months, condensation happens when water vapour is in contact with cold surfaces. Condensate water that forms on the wall of your tank will flow down and collect at the bottom of the tank.
This is especially problematic with E10 gasoline since the ethanol contained in E10 is separated from the liquid. The fuel line draws from the ethanol-water mixture.
Separation prevention is essential to avoid problems in the future, and you can accomplish this with the help of fuel conditioners every time you fuel up.
7. Have a winter car service
Having a winter service on your car will ensure that your car is safe and legal through the cold period. Keep your fluids topped up and keep an eye on the tread of your tyres that they are crucial for braking and ensuring you don’t slip on the ice across the road.