The autumn days are getting a little colder now and soon winter will be here. Expect dark mornings, cold frosty days and lots of rain. When it comes to your motor, there’s still plenty of time to prepare for the winter. Here are a few tips to get you going:-
- Keep checking your tyres to make sure they have plenty of grip for those icy conditions. Snow and rain can also be hazardous to drive in, so take a good look at the tread to see if it is 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre.
- Another handy hint for tyres is to carry a can of Tyreweld emergency car tyre repair in the boot. This amazing product will re-inflate a flat tyre and seal it to get you back home, instead of having to change the wheel at the roadside.
- Battery – older cars can have battery trouble too especially if you’ve had problems before. Do charge the battery fully or why not buy a new one before winter sets in?
- Keep an eye on the antifreeze and coolant levels. These two liquids protect the engine in both cold and hot weather. Make sure they are topped up before it gets cold outside. If you are a little unsure about the minimum and maximum markers on the reservoir, pop into your local garage.
- Wipers – before winter, get your wipers and blades checked out. If the rubber on the blades is worn, they won’t work properly. Have them replaced as soon as possible.
- Screen wash – this should be a liquid that has been tested in freezing conditions. You’re sure to use lots of screen wash during the winter months so buy the best and one that doesn’t freeze in its container.
Other checks to carry out
Keep an eye on the exterior lights and fog lights if fitted, that they are all in good working order. Check the oil level and fill the petrol tank before driving for long distances. Have a bottle of Bradex Easy Start in the boot, just what’s needed if your motor doesn’t start first time.
Items to carry in your car throughout the winter
With a bottle of Bradex Easy Start and a can of Tyreweld on board, here’s a short list of some other things to have in your car.
- Ice scraper
- Warm clothes and blankets
- Food and drink for long journeys
- A snow shovel
- Jump leads
- Torch and spare batteries
A high visibility jacket or warning sign would also be useful to carry especially if there’s an emergency.
Let the professionals help
Lots of main car dealers and car spares shops can help you prepare your motor for the winter months. Some do free winter car checks when your car is being serviced. The main thing is to make sure your vehicle is in good working order. When the weather turns cold, snow and ice arrive, drive safely.