Now that the colder weather is upon us, it’s time to start preparing our cars for the winter. We all know how heavy rain, frost, fallen leaves, ice and snow can be unforgiving on our vehicles, not to mention dangerous for us as we take to the roads. But whatever this year’s winter throws at us, with a bit of preparation, your car will be ready to hit the road.
How to prepare your car for winter weather:
The winter season offers a range of interesting ways to cloud your vision while driving, from frost in the morning to glare from the setting sun in the evening. In order to combat these conditions, you need to make sure that your windscreen and lights are in tip-top condition:
- When was the last time you checked your screenwash? Keep this topped up during the winter as a clean windscreen is vital!
- Keep a bottle of de-icer in the car for those frosty mornings, along with a microfiber cloth to use on the inside of the windscreen. Glare from the sun at dusk will highlight any and all dirt which can be very distracting.
- Wiper blades need to be replaced at least every year, and the beginning of winter is an ideal time for it.
- How are your headlights, brake lights and fog lights? Now is the time to make sure that they are all working, as you need to be seen when you’re driving as much as you need to see!
Be Ready for the Cold
In the same way that you wouldn’t leave without a warm coat on a cold day, there are certain things your car will need to survive winter weather. According to the AA, the most common cause of winter breakdowns is a flat battery, so if your battery is a few years old it’s essential to have it checked before getting caught out on a wintry day. Despite all efforts to protect our cars for the winter, sometimes breakdowns are unavoidable. It’s important to be prepared for a breakdown during the winter as the weather makes it even more inconvenient!
We recommend putting together an emergency winter car kit, just in case. A kit should include the following:
- Torch and spare batteries
- Warm blanket/emergency foil blanket
- First aid kit
- Small shovel (for clearing snow/ice)
- Tow rope
- A few snacks
Don’t Forget your Tyres
Your tyres are going to work harder than ever during wintry conditions. Winter Tyres really do make a difference to your safety on the roads and are well worth considering, especially if you reply heavily on your car during the winter months. Even if you decide to stick to your standard tyres, get them checked to ensure there’s enough tread to keep you safe on slippery roads – bring your car to Eden Tyres for a free Winter Tyre Check. We’ll offer you the best advice for making sure your tyres don’t let you down during the colder weather.
We wish you all a safe winter out on the roads! If you have any questions, we’d be happy to help – just get in touch with one of our Eden Tyres branches.