Vital Car Checks To Perform in Winter Weather

We all need to take a little extra time to carry out some basic checks before we set out on our journey’s this winter, here is a guide on what you should do:

  • Antifreeze – It is vital to your cars engine as it prevents both freezing and corrosion. Most modern cars have long life antifreeze which needs to be replaced every 2-5 years. Check your hand book to see how often yours should be replaced and make sure that if you do it yourself you use the correct concentration of anti freeze to water.
  • Clear Vision – Before you set off on any journey ensure that your vision is clear. Ensure that your windows are fully demisted, that ice and snow has been completely removed from all of the windows, and make sure that all snow has been removed from the roof of the vehicle to avoid it falling onto your windscreen or someone else’s.
  • Wiper Blades – At the end of each journey make sure that you turn off your wipers before turning off the ignition, if you don’t and the blades freeze to the screen you risk damaging them when you start your car. Before setting out on a journey make sure your wiper blades are in good working order.
  • Screen Wash – Ensure that your screen washer bottle is full with liquid of the correct concentration so that it does not freeze. Test your washer jets before your journey to ensure that they are working and positioned correctly.
  • Lights – During the long winter days visibility is often reduced so make sure that all your lights including fog lights are working correctly before setting out.
  • Tyres – Ensure that your tyres have at least 3mm of tread in winter weather for adequate grip.
  • Battery Power – When starting up your car ensure that you do not have any non essential electrics on (such as heaters, lights etc), once you are on your way make sure that you turn off your electrics when you can to avoid draining too much power from the battery – this is particularly important if your car is normally driven in dark rush hour trips. Make sure that your battery is replaced when it is near the end of its life – normally every 5 years.