Tips for preparing your car for winter driving 22/11/18

Cold weather requires us to not only change the way we drive to suit the driving conditions, it also means your vehicle has to made ready to cope with the conditions as well. Here are some things you need to do to ensure your vehicle is ready for cold weather.

Ensure your engine cooling system can cope with the temperatures

Ensure you have Anti-freeze in your radiator. If water freezes in your cooling system it will expand and you may end up with a split coolant hose or a damaged radiator.

Check your ignition system

Most modern vehicles are fitted with electronic ignition systems these days, but some older vehicles may not. Check that your leads are in good condition and use a water repelling sealer spray on them if you are unsure.

Old car batteries have are more likely to fail in cold weather, if you get a battery warning light in your car it could be a sign that your battery is failing. Check your battery is in good condition and if necessary, purchase a new one before its too late.

Check your lights

As the evenings draw in you are likely to be using your lights more than usual. Check that all your lights are working properly this winter.

Brakes and tyres

Ensure your brakes and tyres are in good condition. Remember grip on the road is vital when things turn icy.

Windscreen washers and wiper blades

There will be a lot more dirt and muck thrown up by passing vehicles during the winter months. Make sure that you have plenty of winter (with anti-freeze) screenwash in your car. Also your wipers are likely to see more use, so if they are more than a couple of years old, it might be wise to replace them.

Drive safely and prepare your car for the winter!

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