Winter Vehicle Maintenance

Now that winter is upon us, its important to make sure your car is prepared for the harsh winter weather and is safe for difficult driving conditions.  It’s time for a quick winter car maintenance check.

Falling temperatures can lead to car breakdowns during the winter, so here are some tips from the experts for winter car maintenance. Call 888.360.5411 to schedule your FREE winter check now.

Take Your Car for a Regular Service

If your car is due for a service, make sure you its done before the winter really takes hold. Regular car servicing and maintenance checks can avoid at least 50%, if not 100%, of problems caused to your vehicle by cold weather. The great news is that we provide absolutely FREE winter car checks to ensure you are driving safely.

Check Your Car’s Battery

Winter driving increases the use of light bulbs, the heaters and the fan in your car which increases battery usage. Make sure you get your car battery checked by an experienced mechanic and replace it if needed. A good battery usually lasts about 5 years.

Check Your Car’s Tires Condition

Good tires are extremely important to ensure safe braking and steering of your car. You should check that the tires are in good condition before making a journey. First check the pressure and tread depth of the tires. The correct tread depth of your car’s tires will give your vehicle better grip while driving on snowy and icy roads. Even better, you can replace the existing tires with winter tires – they are exclusively designed to help drivers overcome the driving challenges of the winter season. Ask your us about the advantages of having special winter tires.

Clean All Lights & Indicators

Thoroughly clean all the light bulbs, indicators and mirrors on your car. If you find any blown light bulbs or cracked lens, get them replaced immediately. And more importantly, check whether full beam headlights, fog lights and indicators on your vehicle are working properly.

Clean the Wiper Blades & Windshield

Clean your windshield and wiper blades with a wet cloth. Don’t forget to check washer fluid. If fluid is below the recommended level, top it off. Check the wiper blades for any tears, nicks or cuts. Clean any marks on the windshield regularly as dirt will build up and reduce good visibility.

Gear Up For a Longer Drive

If you are planning for a longer drive in winter, check the weather forecast and find out the safest routes for your journey. Allow plenty of time! Clear ice and snow from all windows and ensure you have some de-icer. Make sure your car is topped up with antifreeze. There are plenty of guides and tips available on the internet on how to drive safely during cold weather.

Equip Your Car With a Winter Breakdown Kit

It is a good idea to equip your car with a winter breakdown kit. This includes a blanket, shovel, hi-visibility vest, de-icer, screenwash, snow grips for your shoes, and food and drink supplies, in case you need it . Check  your mobile phone is fully charged before you leave. Drive to the appropriate conditions, stay alert and stay tuned in to the radio to keep up with weather and traffic updates while on the road.

What Else?

Keep your fuel tank full and check the engine oil regularly, especially before you start out on a long journey. It is also important to check the brake system and drive belt conditions before you set out..

If you feel your car could do with a check up, why don’t you bring your car to us and take advantage of our many years of experience and expertise. We will ensure your car is fit for the wintery conditions ahead.

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Prices shown are manufacturer suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or doc fee. Manufacturer vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please contact us with any questions.

**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.