Winter is one of our favourite times of the year, you can sing cheesy Christmas songs at the top of your lungs in your car, you can grab a Christmas coffee to drink during your road trips and most of us are going to get extra days off work! What isn’t to like? We can answer this one… the weather, the darkness and how long it takes to prep your car every morning. While we can’t do much about the weather, we can definitely advise you on how to keep your car healthy during the winter months. We have put together three winter preparation tips for your car this Christmas!
Check the following things under your bonnet
- Engine oil – To do this, you should park your vehicle on level ground, open the bonnet and then remove the dipstick. You should then remove any excess oil from it and locate the ‘min’ and ‘max’ markings. Dip it back in and out of the oil and you should be able to see how much oil is left. If it’s running low refill it as soon as possible.
- Brake fluid – This is also located near the dipstick and should be in a container. When you find it you should gently shake it to see how much fluid is left – it should sit between the ‘min’ and ‘max’ markings. If it’s low you should refill it before driving.
- Others – You should also check your antifreeze and screen wash every week as they’re important to keep topped up in winter.
Check your tyres
- Tread depth – This is important as it indicates whether your tyres meet legal standards which are 1.6 mm. One way of doing this is by using a 20p coin and inserting it into the tread of the car tyre. If it meets up with the rim of the coin, the tyres are roadworthy.
- Sidewall – Checking this will tell you what overall condition your tyres are in. If you notice any cuts or bulges in them you should replace your tyres as soon as you can.
- Spare tyre – It’s a good idea to have a spare tyre available in your vehicle at all times should you ever need it. You should check its condition regularly and have the right tools available to change it.
Check the exterior parts too
- Windscreen – Checking your windscreen is easy and can save you a lot of hassle. You should look out for any cracks or chips and if you spot one you should get it fixed as soon as you can. Getting it repaired early can prevent any more damage. (Tip: Some car insurance companies will cover the cost of this.)
- All of the lights – You should park your car securely and off the road before doing this. Turn on your headlights, hazard lights, reverse lights and brake lights. Then, walk around the car to make sure they’re all working.
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