Top Tips for Keeping Your Car in Peak Condition This Winter

It’s that time of year again, the temperature is dropping, the nights are closing in quickly and Jack Frost has become a regular visitor.

Before too long, the roads will become treacherous and our cars may start to struggle, so it is a good idea to make sure yours is well prepared.

 

Battery

A flat battery is the most common cause of breakdown, and this is a higher risk during the winter. Cold weather takes its toll on a vehicle’s battery, and it will be working extra hard to deliver additional power to the lights and heating system which are used more at this time of year. Check your battery to see if it is due for replacement and keep some jump leads or a power generator in your car just in case.

 

Engine Coolant Level

Engine coolant should consist of water and antifreeze at a 50:50 ratio. Don’t make the mistake of topping it up with water only, as in cold weather, the solution can freeze, and the engine may overheat.

 

Tyres

Tyres should also be checked during the winter as pressure can drop in low temperatures. It is also extremely important that they are in excellent condition at this time of year because you will need as much grip as possible on wet and icy roads. 

 

Winter Survival Kit

Be prepared for the worst by keeping an emergency kit in your boot. This could include the following:

  • First-aid kit
  • Torch and batteries
  • De-icer and ice scraper
  • Screenwash
  • Shovel
  • Map
  • Portable phone charger
  • Blanket
  • Food and water

 

Book in for Servicing Now!

If your car is due a service, or you have been putting off any repair work that needs doing, get it sorted before the temperature gets any lower, as the cold weather can exacerbate any issues that your vehicle may already have. Not to mention, winter is the worst time of year to break down. You don’t want to find yourself stuck in the cold, waiting for a recovery service which may have more difficulty getting to you when the roads are treacherous.

 

Get in touch with MotorServ-UK today to book your vehicle in for servicing and our expert technicians will be happy to make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh conditions.

Take care on the roads this winter!