Winter worries for cars
While having your car overheat in summer may be a common concern, it’s what to do in winter that we often forget about. Here are a few tips and tricks to help keep your vehicles running throughout the cooler months:
Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean your car isn’t using as much coolant or oil as it normally would. It is still best practice to check levels as per usual. Perhaps try and make this a habit e.g. every Sunday check your oil, water, batteries, coolant, steering and brake fluid.
Winter brings many cold mornings. Remember to use COLD water to rinse off your windscreen should you encounter an icy morning. A rapid change from cold to hot can crack the glass on your windscreen, so be sure to remember: cold windscreen = cold water.
With every decrease in temperature the tyre pressure can vary with it. Ensure your tyres are inflated at the correct PSI which is around 32 for standard car tyres and 85 for heavy vehicle tyres. This can be part of your weekly routine.
Car batteries can lose strength in colder conditions, especially older batteries. Ensure you write dates on batteries when they are purchased new to know when they need to be replaced. The average lifespan of a car battery is approximately 2-3 years.
Following these few tips could make a difference for your next winter getaway. Stay warm!