Winter Vehicle Maintenance

December 8th, 2017 by

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 ServiceIf 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 BatteryWinter 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 ConditionGood 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 & IndicatorsThoroughly 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 & WindshieldClean 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 DriveIf 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 KitIt 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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