Winter may not be upon us just yet, but it’s on the way. In just a few short weeks, we will be waving goodbye to Autumn and saying hello to the colder Winter months.
If you are a car owner, it’s crucial that before the cold weather sets in, that you take the time to prepare your vehicle. If you don’t do this, you could end up breaking down due to the cold weather or worse, having an accident.
To help you ensure that your car is properly prepared for winter, we have created this handy guide:
Get breakdown cover
Of course, it’s best to prevent your vehicle from breaking down, but just in case something goes wrong, having breakdown cover is a must. Whether your car refuses to start, or you lock your keys in your car while trying to de-ice it, having breakdown cover will come in handy.
You might think that getting car cover is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Believe it or not, you can get cover for as little as just a few pounds a month. So, before the Winter comes, it’s definitely worth doing.
Book your car in for a service
Often, with the colder months come treacherous driving conditions, so it’s a good idea to book your car in for a checkup. Getting your car serviced will allow you to be made aware of any issues with it so that you can get them fixed.
If you know that your vehicle has been checked over, you can make your journeys with more confidence. Make sure to ask the mechanics at the garage to check and change your antifreeze while they are servicing the car.
Get your battery checked
While you car is at the garage, it might also be a good idea to get your battery checked. Most car batteries have a lifespan of no more than four years, so if yours is coming up to the four-year mark, it might be a good idea to get it changed.
Keep an eye on your tyres
Leading up to the Winter, make sure to keep checking your tyres. While you most probably would rather not have to kit your car out with new tyres, if yours are worn, you may need to. The most important thing you car has to protect you in icy and wet driving conditions is your tyres, so if they need replacing, replace them.
If money is tight, but your car needs new tyres, keep an eye out for garages selling cheap tyres. Yes, they may not be as good as expensive makes, but they’ll work a lot better than the balding tyres that you car has now.
Check your lights and keep them clean
During the winter months, light bulbs can often break because of the cold. So make sure to check your vehicle’s lights on a regular basis. Get a friend or relative to stand behind your car, then in front of it, checking each of your lights.
The wet and windy weather will also mean that they get dirty easily, so make sure to give them a wipe at least once a week. Otherwise, you may end not being able to see in the dark properly because of the dirt obstructing your lights.
If you want to ensure that your car is ready for when winter hits, all you need to do is follow the tips above.