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How to make sure your car is ready for winter

The coldest time of the year is upon us and it’s not just people who need to get used to the sudden change in temperature. Our cars can suffer more than most when it gets colder, which can cause delays, drama and breakdowns. Here’s how to make sure your car is ready for the winter season.

Anti-freeze

If you’ve been topping up the water in your car’s radiator, you may not have been adding anti-freeze to the solution. While this is okay in the summer, the cold months will mean you need to ensure the levels of anti-freeze are kept up to standard.

Buy yourself some anti-freeze and added it to your radiator and washer fluid levels. Remember to follow the instructions carefully so you don’t put too much in.

De-icer and a scraper

One thing that can slow you down dramatically in the winter months is when your car’s windows become covered in frost and ice. Driving with your windows frozen can be dangerous, so you will need to make sure you have an unobstructed view. Stock up on some de-icer spray and buy a scraper and keep them in your car. That way you can clear your windows and get moving much quicker.

Check your battery

The cold and damp can affect your battery, making it difficult to start. When it’s cold, you don’t want to be slowed down by waiting for your battery to come back to life. Factor in the heating you are likely to be using and there’s more strain on your power source.

If you can, now is a great time to have your battery checked, either by a mechanic or by using a tool you purchase yourself. If the results aren’t great, now is the time to change. Otherwise you might be stuck somewhere cold with an even colder, dead battery.

Check your lights

Winter is a time of darkness, so your lights need to be working as well as they can. Check all the bulbs are working and the plastic containers are nice and clear. If not, change the bulb and give the casing a good wash with hot soapy water.

Car Care Tips  20/11/2018 09:28:16



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