How to get your car ready for winterCompact Cars, Bridgend
September 25, 2017 at 1:51 PM
It is that time of the year when the dreaded winter is coming. When the weather conditions become nasty, our safety highly depends on how we are prepared to deal with it. This means that you need to keep your car in top shape to ensure that if a snowstorm gets you unexpected, you will not be stranded. Furthermore, you do not want your car to suffer from the adverse effects of bad weather which would reduce its value and might even cost you more in damages. Here are some tips to get your car ready for winter.
- Check your battery
Since the cold weather puts too much strain on your battery, always ensure it is charged. You should also be conscious of the age of your battery, and if it is older than five years, then it is better to invest in a new one to reduce the risk of it failing and leaving you stranded.
- Check your oil
Cold weather tends to make oil thicken, which would mean your engine is not getting proper lubrication. Therefore, make sure to consult your car manual to know which oil to use in certain weather conditions.
- Check your tires
It is a common occurrence to see cars stranded during winter either because their car tires are not properly inflated or the tire threads are worn out. Make sure your tires have the best traction, which is easily compromised by the slippery wet conditions during winter. If possible, you may consider switching to snow tires which are specially designed to tackle such conditions.
- Ensure your emergency kit is functional
Even if your car is in top notch condition, unseen circumstances may leave you stranded. In such an instance, you will have to depend on your emergency kit to stay safe. Make sure you have everything you may need in such a situation.
- Be prepared when you get stranded
It is always better and safer to be prepared if such a situation happens. This means that you should at least have flares in your car which you can use to call attention to yourself when this happens. It is also advisable to invest in a survival manual just in case you get stranded in a remote place. Also ensure you at least carry extra clothes which you can use to warm yourself up.
- Check the conditions of your wiper blades
It is easy to ignore wiper blades especially if they are working fine. However, it is best to counter check their condition to see if they show any signs of cracks which would make them break in adverse conditions.
By following the above tips, you can be sure that your car is safe for winter. However, it is always better to be cautious and not risk driving if there are signs of bad weather. This is because even the best taken care of cars are at the mercy of the weather and anything can happen.