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NOV 25, 2014

Winter Car Care Tips

As the dark nights and the cold days of winter draw in, everything seems to become a little bit more difficult and take a little bit more time. Although it may be tempting to cut corners and speed these processes up it is never advised. We have compiled a few tips to help you preserve the health of your car in the coming winter months.

Windscreen

While it may be tempting to speed away as soon as you get in your car this is highly unhealthy for your vehicle and could cost you a lot of money in the future. You may wish to begin your journey once you think you can see through your windscreen, however it could be very dangerous for you and everyone around you. It is recommended that you leave the house ten minutes earlier than normal to begin de-icing and warming up your car. Be sure to heat your windscreen up slowly though as a sudden change in temperature can cause glass to crack.

Radiators

It is easy to forget about the inner workings of our cars, as they are not easily visible, and trust that they will continue to work throughout the winter. Ensure that your radiators are filled with anti-freeze solution to prevent them from freezing and, therefore, not being able to keep you and your car warm. While it may seem inconvenient to check your car's anti-freeze levels when you're eager to get to work or the shops, it could save you a lot of money and hassle in the future.

Battery

One of the most common causes of breakdowns in the winter months is a flat battery. With the added strain on the battery, with the increased use of the radiator and the lights, it is likely to run down a lot more quickly than usual. Make sure that you remember to turn your car's lights off when they are not needed and to only use the heating on high when absolutely necessary. If you remain mindful of the things which are using your battery you could save yourself a lot of time and money.

Tyres

Possibly the most important and most dangerous if left unchecked. As the roads become wetter and icier it is essential that your tyres are in excellent condition. Your tyres are the only part of your vehicle which make contact with the road, therefore as the condition of the road deteriorates the quality of your tyres should remain perfect. If your tyres are worn, if the depth of the tread is less than 1.6mm, you are driving unsafely and illegally. Even if your poor tyres don't cause any accidents they are highly unlikely to get you where you need to go once the roads become slippy.

Created on 25th November 2014
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