Make sure your car is ready for winter
When the nights draw in and the days get colder, it can be tempting to retreat indoors, and not come out until spring. However, you probably have places to be, and things to do. This means that you are using your car even more than usual. Where you might consider walking in the summer, you won’t want to risk wet walk in the winter. Because of this increased use of your car, you need to make sure that you keep it in top condition. But how do you make sure your car is ready for winter, and what can you do to help?
When the weather is cold, you need to make sure that your battery is in top condition. This is true all year round, but you can’t risk not being able to start the car or run the heating and lights when it is winter time. Check that you don’t have any leaking on your battery. Equally, you can have your battery checked by a professional.
If you live in an area that gets particularly cold, you need to make sure that you don’t let your engine freeze over. Using a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze as your engine coolant is an effective way of preventing your engine being damaged by the worse weather.
Winter can be particularly damaging to tyres. The weather can make slipping and sliding more likely. Reduced adhesion to the road is common in rain, snow and ice. Making sure that you have enough tyre tread depth is essential in the winter. While the usual minimum depth is 1.6mm, 3mm is advisable in the winter.
Winter is dark, and the adverse weather conditions can make it hard to see and be seen even in the middle of the day. This means that you need to check whether your lights are clear and clean. Make sure that your bulbs are all in working order, an that your headlights are properly aligned.
Chips in a windscreen can seem unimportant. However, they can easily grow in cold weather. Check over your windscreen for knicks and scratches, as well as the wiper blades. Make sure that you top up your screen wash fluid with antifreeze.
There is only so much that you can check on your own car. If you are taking a long journey, or you are planning to do a lot of travelling during the winter, then it can be a good idea to have a professional check over your car for you. A winter check up is often inexpensive, and can cover a range of procedures and checks you would not likely be able to do yourself.
You should make sure your car is ready for winter. However, even if you have got it all in the best condition, long journeys can still be tiring. If you are taking a long journey in the winter, perhaps to visit a relative who lives far away, then it is often a good idea to share the driving. Splitting the drive with a friend or relative allows you to only drive as much as is safe without getting overly tired. Temporary car insurance from GoShorty allows you to insure a driver on a car for between 1 hour and 28 days. Whether you only need cover for a single trip, or you want to cover a longer period of driving, get the cover you need with GoShorty.