Winter Driving - How To Prepare Your Car For Winter

By: Motor Easy
Driving in Winter Conditions Tips

Driving in winter always has the potential to be more difficult with fog, snow and ice making roads dangerous, and the added stress on your car increases the likelihood of problems and faults arising.

With this in mind we've put together a few simple checks anyone can do to avoid repairs and make life easier during the chilly months. 

 

Car Tyre tread recommendations Use a 20p piece to check the tread on your tyres

Winter Driving Tip 1: Remember FORCES

FUEL: 

Always make sure you have enough for your journey. If the wintry conditions have caused traffic you're likely to use more fuel in start/stop conditions.

OIL:

Remember to check your oil level and top it up to avoid engine damage and a potential breakdown.

RUBBER:

The legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6mm - if you're getting close to or under this we recommend you get your tyres changed. This low tread will reduce your car's grip on the road, making you more likely to skid in icy conditions. 

Read our guide on checking tyre condition

Make sure you also have a look at your wiper blades to ensure they're clearing the windscreen properly and the rubber isn't perished. 

COOLANT

Make sure it's topped up to the correct levels as recommended by your manufacturer and that it's got the right amount of anti-freeze.

ELECTRICS

Have a look at all of your lights to make sure they are working properly and replace any faulty bulbs or blown fuses.

SCREENWASH

Make sure the screenwash you have in your car is effective even at lower temperatures, it should include some anti-freeze, and remember colder temperatures demand a more concentrated solution. 

 

Winter Driving Tip 2: Check Your Battery

Your car battery can come under serious strain as you turn up the heating in cold months, so make sure you check your battery from time to time.

Battery failures increase by 51% during Winter!

You can check it by looking on the top of your battery at the indicator, where green means it's healthy, a dark green dot means it needs charging and a yellow dot means you need a new battery.

Read our guide on checking battery condition

You could also get a fitC car warranty which keeps you automatically updated on your battery health through a handy smartphone app.

 

Winter Driving Tip 3: Traffic and Clutches

Driving in winter often leads to tailbacks after an accident in ice or snow, which can in turn wear out your clutch.

For this to be tested it's worth getting a winter health check from the garage to make sure everything is running as it should, or if your car service is coming up this can be checked then. 

If your car's revving without accelerating this could be a sign that your clutch is slipping, this will unfortunately mean your clutch needs replacing

 

Winter Driving Tip 4: Get Protected

MotorEasy can help reduce any hefty car repair bills caused by winter conditions, or our market leading car warranties will protect your car against unexpected mechanical or electrical repair costs. Cold weather adds strain to many components like a car's alternator and starter motor.

For immediate assistance should your car need it and a 24/7 helpline you might want to consider MotorEasy's breakdown cover - which will be able to get your car up and running again 80% of the time.

 

Winter Driving Tip 5: Get A Winter Health Check

With the amount of strain your car is put under during the cold, a winter health check makes sure you're ticking along nicely as the nasty weather starts.

Just follow this link and select 'Free Inspection' from the Repair Category and 'Winter Check' from the Repair Subcategory, choose your time slot and we'll take care of the rest. 

If you do need anything repaired we'll oversee the whole thing and pass on our great trade savings. If you've got a MotorEasy warranty, we'll pay the garage direct for covered parts! 

 

Further Reading

Motornomics: How To Drive Your Car Forever

Car Battery Maintenance - Spot An Early Failure

Car Tyres - What Do You Need To Know?

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