Look after your vehicle
this Winter, it will thank you for it.
Snow, ice and sub zero
temperatures can affect how your vehicle functions
in many ways. In this cold weather, you need to pay
extra attention to your vehicle to keep it running
smoothly and to avoid costly repairs.
Check your levels...
Antifreeze - make sure you
have enough antifreeze in your vehicle.
Screenwash - With grit
covering all of our roads at the moment it is
important that your washers are working and have
enough screenwash to help the washers to clear the
residue that builds up on your windscreen whilst
driving. We use our washers more than ever in these
conditions so don't leave for a long journey without
checking that you are topped up.
You are welcome to pop in
and we will check your levels for you.
Carrying water in your
vehicle - Although it is advisable to carry
water for emergencies or to top up on a long
journey, you should take care when doing this in
cold weather. Avoid leaving water bottles or
carriers in the vehicle overnight or in freezing
temperatures, take them indoors and bring them back
when you travel. They will freeze if left in the
vehicle and may crack open as they expand, leaving
you with water leaking into the car as it thaws.
Setting off after a
Although it's hard to get
up earlier when it is so dark and cold outside
during the winter months, it is worth getting
outside to your vehicle in advance to defrost it
properly before setting off. Make sure you clear as
much snow off as possible. Before you switch your
engine on, make sure your wipers are switched off
if there is ice or snow on your windscreen. Quite
often it is easy to accidently leave them on the
evening before and when you switch the engine on,
they start straight up. If your wipers have to work
harder than usual, clearing snow or ice from the
windscreen, they could easily get damaged. They are
only designed to clear water from the windscreen so
they can fail when faced with the strain. Make sure
they are free from ice and snow before you attempt
to switch them on.
Allow your engine plenty
of time to warm up before you start to move as not
only does it help the performance of the engine, it
will defrost the windscreen washers and warm up the
interior of the car reducing condensation.
Walk around your vehicle
and check that it is free from large chunks of ice
around the bottom. Sometimes these can build up and
form around the wheels where snow has compacted. If
left, they can fall off whilst you are driving and
cause a hazard to other vehicles.
Air conditioning - The dark
mornings and gloomy clouds make the summer seem so
far away and your air conditioning is sometimes the
last thing on your mind. However, when the heat
creeps back into the UK you will soon start to need
it again. Try to run your air
conditioning for at least 10 minutes every week to keep it working,
even in winter.
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