Essential Winter Car Checks

If you get into the habit of investing a small amount of time and money into the winter car needs you will ensure the continuing safety, comfort and usability when it’s needed the most – on those cold winter days.

Why You Should Check Your Windscreen For Cracks

Your windscreen wipers should be checked both at the beginning of the summer and winter but are one of the most neglected parts of any body’s car maintenance rituals. Rainwater eventually erodes the rubber in windscreen wipers as does the salty grit that is scattered across our roads.

At the same time pay some attention to any small cracks in the windscreen as these can often be fixed easily but left untreated a bad chip can turn into a crack during the cold winter months. Insurers generally offer free windscreen repair services to avoid more costly replacements, so it is always worth checking your policy before the weather descends.

Checking All Your Cars Lights

Routinely check both your head and brake lights are clean and clear of dirt or snow. Restricting your own visibility is one thing when the headlights are not as bright as they should be, but in heavy rain, snowy and foggy conditions, brake lights that are not doing their job will place you at additional risk from other drivers who might not be able to see you.

It is vitally important to make sure that all of the bulbs are functioning properly and that your fog lights are working as well. Fog tends to creep up very suddenly when on a journey and well-performing fog lights will help to keep you safe in hazardous conditions – seen and be seen!

Why You Should Check Your Anti-Freeze

Whether it’s a quick jaunt down to the local shops or you are planning a long journey, you will want to stay inside the car. Check that the radiator is working properly and well-sealed. And make sure you fill up with antifreeze. The extra few pounds you spend on anti-freeze could potentially save hundreds on engine and radiator repairs.

Make Sure You Check Your Oil Levels

Using the dipstick under the bonnet, check your oil levels regularly. Car manufacturers have different advice for checking your oil levels so check your handbook to confirm, but generally the engine should be cold.

Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean with a cloth or kitchen towel and reinsert it fully back into the engine, remove it again and you should see where the oil level is at based on the markings on the dipstick. This quick check standing in the rain for a minute will save hours in the freezing cold at the side of the road with a seized and ruined engine.

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