It’s important to make sure that your car is ready for the wintertime. Minimising your chances of a breakdown can be easy and preparing your vehicle, should the worst happen is important too. We have a few tips to help you get ready for winter.
Get Your Car Serviced
When the winter months are approaching, it’s a good idea to make sure that your car is in working order. Services are a regular event for most car owners. But, if it’s been a while since your car has been serviced, it’s probably safe to get it to the garage.
Luckily, here at Adderley Green Garage, we can help with all your car servicing and repair needs, so, if you need help, we’re always on hand.
Check Your Tyres
With winter, comes icy roads. Ensuring your car is ready for icy conditions will keep you safer during the colder months. It’s important to keep your tyres properly inflated and to make sure that there is a safe amount of tread on those tyres.
In wet and icy conditions braking distances can grow massively, so, it’s important that you make sure both tyres and brakes are in working order.
Be Prepared For a Breakdown
If the worst should happen, it’s important that you’re prepared. So, make sure that you have warm clothes, a torch, and some food supplies on hand. A charged phone will also be handy, especially if you’re travelling alone.
Checking the weather forecast before leaving the house during the winter is also a good idea, that way you’re less likely to be unexpectedly caught by some bad weather.
Early Morning Maintenance
Giving yourself a little extra time in the morning during the colder months is an absolute essential. As the frost creeps in, you’ll need to have a scraper and some de-icer on hand. Keeping these with you can save you time in the morning.
This will allow you to take a bit of extra time and care travelling along those icy roads, without the need to rush to your destination.
Test Your Battery
Failing batteries are responsible for almost one-fifth of breakdowns, something that becomes more likely in colder temperatures. So, it’s important to keep your eye out for any signs that your battery could be about to fail.
Some of the signs of imminent battery issues include your engine being slow to start or the engine electrics not working. Obviously, the biggest sign to look out for is any warning lights on your dashboard, so make sure that you get your car checked out by your local garage if this happens.
Car batteries will generally last between three and four years, so if this kind of timescale is approaching we’ll happily install a replacement battery for you.