Regular Winter Car Check - Ford Direct's 12 Days of Christmas
21 Dec 2018
Winter can be tough on our cars so make sure to give your car a winter safety check to avoid any unexpected problems. Simply checking over these 5 things before a journey could save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Engine coolant and Anti-freeze levels
This regulates the temperature of the engine which proves very important during the cold winter months. Anti-freeze does exactly what it says on the tin, it stops the engine from becoming too cold and keeps its components from freezing over. This could possibly cause major damage to the engine block, causing it to crack.
As if driving in the snow isn’t inconvenient enough, we don’t need flat tyres or lack of tread. Make sure your tyres are checked regularly in the winter for pressure and general condition, after all, these tyres are the only thing between you and the road! Carry a spare tyre or tyre repair kit for a quick fix so you can make your way to your nearest garage.
Even though we get our share of rainy weather whatever the season, in Britain winter tends to bring more, along with the regular snow and sleet. Make sure you take good care of your wipers, check for chips and damage to the wiper blades and remember not to use the wipers as a snow brush! Wipers are especially crucial for driving during the festive period especially if you’re going further afield.
For the likes of Lights, reflectors and mirrors, make sure they’re squeaky clean, double check for cracks and blown bulbs too as the winter can be tough on these parts of your car. While you’re at it, check the windscreen too, as the ice could turn that small chip into a considerable crack, costing you extra during an already expensive time of year.
Cold temperatures can reduce the output of the car battery and while we increase the use of all of the battery powered features, like the lights and heater this adds extra strain. Your battery can last up to 5 years but during the winter it comes under extra pressure, to avoid being left with a flat battery either replace it if it coming to the end of its life, or leave some jump leads in your car, just in case!
Remember to keep safe on the roads through the rest of the winter and festive season and act with caution behind the wheel.
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