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Winter Car Care Tips

We’re in the height of summer now, but the sad reality of living in the UK is that winter is never too far away. The colder months of the year can be incredibly harsh on your car, but there are many things you can do to ensure that your vehicle comes through the winter unscathed.
The first thing you should do is have a close look at your oil level and the oil filters in your engine. This is a short check that will take just a few minutes, but it can make all the difference. Keeping the inner workings of your car well lubricated is the key to avoiding frost related engine issues. If you’re in any doubt what the oil level should be, have a look at the manufacturers recommendations.
It’s also important to make sure the antifreeze reservoir is topped up, and use a tester kit to ensure it is optimally calibrated for the coldest conditions. In most cases, it’s fine to use a 50/50 combination of distilled water and antifreeze, but this may vary depending on the temperature.
Most parts of the country can expect to see icy roads for at least part of the winter, and the problem is even more acute in rural areas. It’s vital that your tires are up to the job. Have a look at the tread, and make sure it isn’t too worn. You’d also be well advised to ensure that the tire is fully inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI levels. In most cases, the PSI recommendation can be found printed on the inside rim of the tire. Your tires will grip the road much more effectively if they are properly inflated and in good condition. This is important at the best of times, but is completely essential when roads are likely to be icy.
You should definitely make sure that your car’s charge and battery have been checked. You’re likely to have your heating on much more often in the winter, and your lights too. Your battery will have to be in fairly good condition to cope with this extra load.
Road grit is very effective at preventing dangerous ice from forming on roads, but unfortunately it also has an extremely corrosive effect on the bodywork of a car. Many people end up washing their car less in the winter, but it’s actually even more important to make sure your car is cleaned often when there is salt on the roads. It’s also vital to use a good quality wax to protect your bodywork in this situation. Of course, if we valet your car, we’ll be happy to take care of this for you.
Lastly, you should make visibility a big priority. The majority of winter motoring accidents are caused by poor visibility. Check your wiper blades, and make sure your screen wash reservoir is always full. In particularly cold conditions you should use a de-icer fluid in your screen wash.