Winter car maintenance doesn’t have to be a complex and expensive endeavour. Making sure your car is properly serviced will reduce the risk of damage. Here are some tips to keep your car safe and running smoothly.
Checking your tyres regularly means a smoother, safer ride. During winter, the tyre pressure drops as the temperature decreases. This poses more of a risk on slippery surfaces, such as when it’s raining or if there’s ice or snow on the road. Make sure your tyres have enough tread on them and that the pressure is right for your vehicle.
Keep an emergency kit in your car in case your car breaks down or something goes wrong. Some items you might like to include are:
You can find a complete list of safety items here. Having these things on hand will ensure you’re prepared if the inevitable happens, and can also turn you into something of a superhero if another car gets stranded.
The thought of washing your car outside in the cold winter weather may be off-putting, but by cleaning your car regularly you’ll help keep it in optimum condition during harsh weather conditions. Furthermore, by applying car wax routinely, any dirt or snow will slide off when it comes into contact with your car, thus preventing damage, and can also help to keep your vehicle’s temperature from lowering (bonus!).
Should the weather discourage you from performing routine cleaning, you can always leave the task to the many professional valet services in the country.
Needless to say – having the correct insurance policy for your vehicle will always keep you and your car protected! Aside from choosing the right car insurance, make sure that the policy offers proper roadside assistance 24/7!
Although a car’s battery life expectancy is between 2-5 years, cold weather conditions and poor maintenance will decrease battery life considerably.
The only way to properly check a faulty battery is with professional equipment. However, motorists can perform checks routinely. Always wear protective glasses and gloves. Tighten any loose connections and remove any corrosion where visible. Depending on your vehicle’s model, instructions may differ; always make sure you read the manufacturer's instruction manual to ensure proper maintenance is performed. If you’re not sure what to do, have your mechanic perform a battery check instead.
These are just some quick tips for caring for your car in winter. Always check the weather before you leave the house and regularly check your car before driving.