Before the winter truly sets in, stock up on antifreeze and screenwash, and make sure that your car’s fluids are appropriately topped up. In addition, purchase a set of car covers so that you can cover your front and rear windshields. This will make it much easier to remove the snow and ice from your windshields before you start driving. Don’t forget that you will need to clear the snow from the roof of your car too, otherwise you could end up with snow slipping into your field of view whilst driving.
Washing a Car in the Winter
It is particularly import to wash your car in the winter because the grit and salt used on the road can actually damage your car’s bodywork, especially if there are any scratches or chips in the paint. Salt is one of the most harmful things to exposed metal – the combination of salt and damp can lead to oxidation and rust.
It is a good idea to use a hand car wash on a regular basis throughout the winter. The automated car washes are handy for a quick surface clean in the summer, but they are not good enough for protecting your vehicle in the winter. Visit a hand car wash and ask them to use a pressure hose to clean the salt from the underside of your vehicle.
Cold weather can be very tiring on your car’s battery and can hinder its ability to hold a charge. This is why it is sometimes so hard to start your car on a cold winter morning. It is a good idea to test your batteries before the winter sets in, and to re-charge them if necessary. A good battery should last you several years. If you notice that your battery is not holding a charge very well, consider buying a new battery or taking the old one to a shop that can re-condition it. You could also purchase a battery conditioner that will keep your battery topped up without over-charging it.
Check the treads on your tyres to make sure that they are good enough for the winter. If you are expecting snow in your area, consider investing in a set of snow tyres. Note that even if your car is only a rear-wheel drive one, you should still buy a complete set of four tyres. If you live in a rural area, you should consider adding snow chains to your winter preparation list too. You can use these in areas where the roads have not been gritted and you have to drive through a lot of snow. Remember, however, that you must stop and remove the snow chains once the roads clear up, otherwise you could damage your own tyres and potentially damage the road itself too.