Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter
Winter is approaching and it is an exciting time of year for many, you may be looking forward to socialising with your friends and family, so you will be most likely using your car lots during the winter months, if you are wondering how you can get your car ready for winter months, here are some of our top tips.
Get your Car Serviced Before Winter
If your car is due a service then you should get it serviced, but if you feel it needs an extra service before winter you can request to have one done. The reason why it is a good idea to get a service before winter is that winter driving is often more difficult than driving in any other season. A service will be able to show you if there are any indicators of issues with your car and it is important to get these sorted before the cold and potentially snowy weather arrives.
Invest in Snow Tyres
If we are due to have a snowy winter, it is a good idea to invest in snow tyres as it will save potential problems like skidding in icy conditions. You may be wondering if snow tyres are worth it, but they do really help and they can be purchased for as little as £50 per tyre which is a great investment as we have lots of wintry months ahead of us. It is fair to fear the snow especially if you have a smaller car with small tyres but you do not need to worry when you have your trusty snow tyres.
Check your Car’s Battery
It is always good to check your car’s battery, especially if you are anxious about driving in difficult weather conditions. It takes two minutes to check your car’s battery and it will save you a lot of anxiety once you know your battery is fine before a long journey. A jump lead will also help in situations where your car’s battery may stop working, so it is a good idea to have a jump lead in your car.
If the Weather is Very Cold, Use Antifreeze
It is a good idea to use antifreeze in winter, as it stops liquid from freezing in the mechanics of your vehicle. Antifreeze can be purchased from pretty much any car shop or supermarket and it is also very cheap to purchase, so it can be easily purchased and you can keep it nearby your car and you can use it when it is needed, preferably when the weather is near freezing as the car will feel the full benefit.
Always Check the Weather Forecast Before a Long Journey
This is typically important in tougher weather conditions if it is the time of year where snow is likely to fall you need to check whether you are likely to drive in areas of snow particularly on a long journey, as with snow and ice there is an increased risk of snow and ice and this can cause accidents and it can even keep you standstill on the road for hours on end, to avoid these disasters it is important to check the weather forecast before your journey and then make a decision on whether it is worth making the journey.
Carry a Winter Car Kit in your Car
Here is a list of items that should be included in your winter car kit:
- Mobile phone
- In car phone charger
- Sanitary items
It is a good idea to have those items in your car, especially if you are likely to get caught in snowy conditions, but it is also important to make sure items such as water and snacks are replaced regularly as they can go out of date very quickly.
Consider Joining a Roadside Assistance Scheme
If you are frequently driving around, especially during winter months it may be good to pay for a roadside assistance scheme in case of a breakdown, although it may not always be necessary to require roadside assistance, it is a good idea to have the cover in case you are in need of assistance and you will have comfort knowing that the service has already been paid for.
It is always a good idea to get your car ready for winter, the tips we have mentioned will help you to make sure you can get ready for winter driving and it should even become an enjoyable experience. If you would like further information on cars or part-exchanging a car, then please feel free to visit our website, and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help.