Imagine you are on a road trip with your family during the winter months and your car breaks down. You will have to come out of the warm and cozy environment inside the car and face the chill outside to find a solution to the problem, which is beyond your control as winters do bring with them certain driving challenges. The only way to tackle the problem is to prepare yourself beforehand. Check out these car maintenance tips to get your car ready for the winters:
- Winters are a tough time for car batteries. You must have noticed that during winters the car takes some time to start and you need to repeatedly hit the ignition. The load on the batteries is almost 50% during this time. So get the batteries and charging system checked before the winter start. If your car’s comprehensive car insurance has an add-on depreciation cover, it will most likely include repairing cost of batteries.
- Antifreeze/coolant does not let the water in the engine freeze. This helps in maintaining the engine temperature. Buy a tester to check the antifreeze/coolant or get it done from the service station.
- Check that the wiper blades are in good condition and the screen wash liquid is full. The freezing temperature of screen wash is lower than that of water and is useful if you are expecting very low temperatures.
- Make sure the car filter is clean and there is no clogging.
- Use high-quality oil recommended by the manufacturer. For very low temperatures, it is advisable to change to winter weight motor oil.
- Check the tread depth of your car tyres so that you have a good grip on the roads during winters. For people who drive long distances, it is advisable to get winter tyres if you are expecting temperatures below 7 degree Celsius.
- Tyre pressure drops in winters. It is, therefore, important to ensure that your car tyres are properly inflated with air pressure as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
- Inspect the engine belt and hose. Damaged belts will not be able to withstand the cold winters and it would be best to change them if found damaged.
- Visibility is a big problem in winters. To keep yourself safe, make sure all lights are functioning properly – tail lights, head lights, brake lights, etc. Getting fog lights will help in driving when visibility drops due to dense fog.
- Get the brakes checked for your and other people’s safety.
Don’t forget to keep your car insurance policy papers, driving license and other important documents with you at all time. Do not wait for car insurance renewal notice if you’ve forgotten to renew it. Pay the car insurance renewal fee at the earliest. Keep these simple tips in mind and enjoy your winter rides!