Here are 6 steps you can take to make sure your car thrives through the winter and makes it out the other side in one piece.
Make sure you get your car serviced before the winter months kick in – if it’s not due for a full service then book it in for a winter car check-up offered by many garages at this time of year.
That way, if there are any maintenance issues affecting your car they can be resolved well before the cold weather starts to exacerbate them leaving you with serious problems.
Batteries suffer during the winter, thanks to the cold and the increased use of heaters and lights so keep an eye on how your car battery is performing. They have a shelf-life of around five years so if your car won’t start very well it might be time to change the battery.
You need your engine coolant to be half water and half antifreeze so make sure it is at the right level – this can be carried out during the service or the winter check-up, by the garage.
You don’t want your engine coolant to freeze in the winter as this could lead to overheating issues and potentially big engine problems and big costs.
Your tyres are what you need to make sure your car’s steering and braking works when you need it to so make sure you have the right tyre pressures and a good tread depth to give you grip on slippery roads.
Make sure all of your lights are working effectively including side lights, indicators and reflectors. You need to make sure that all of the bulbs are working so try out full beam and fog lights as well.
Make sure there are no cracked lenses or fogged glass and if there are any issues get these repaired straight away. It’s a good idea to keep a set of spare bulbs in the car with you for quick repairs as well. Driving without effective lights on a dark winter’s night should never be a choice.
Make sure the car’s fluids are all at the correct levels including oil, water, and windscreen wash. If you aren’t sure about checking all of this yourself then ask the garage to do it as part of the winter check-up.
If you have any concerns about keeping your car in tip-top condition for the winter months, or require any bodywork repairs, then please do give us a call at Rainbow Bodyshops and we’d be glad to advise.