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Posted on 2 Nov 2018

When winter looms large, it’s vital that your car is in proper working order so that it's capable of dealing with the bad weather and, more importantly, it won't break down. According to research by recovery firms, you're twice as likely to break down in winter months.

There are quick winter checks that you can do in a matter of a few minutes, such as washer fluid levels and lighting checks, but they could mean the difference between smooth winter running and a troublesome cold spell. There are bigger jobs that you can do, too, such as fitting winter tyres, but we have all these jobs covered. Below you’ll find a list of checks and recommended purchases to help you and your car enjoy a trouble-free winter on the road.

Check your car battery

Cold and damp weather can put a strain on your car's battery. Cold weather makes it harder for an engine to turn over, but unfortunately, Cold weather also has a negative impact on the power a battery can deliver. If you haven't changed your car battery recently, then it could be tired, and the cold weather means it might not play ball. Add in the additional power drain of heaters and other electrical devices, and it can become a critical component. If the battery struggles to provide enough power to start your car, the chances are it's on its way out.

Check antifreeze

Antifreeze, as its name suggests, stops the water in the engine’s cooling system from freezing.

Check screen wash

Winter weather is frequently wet, and this draws all the dirt and road salt from the road surface, so you’ll spend lots of time using your windscreen wipers. Assuming your wipers are in good shape, there’s still a high risk of them smearing grime across the windscreen if your screen wash bottle is empty. Screen wash has a lower freezing temperature than water alone, so you shouldn’t end up with frozen washer jets.

Check exterior lights

It sounds simple, and it is. The days are shorter and the weather is worse during the winter months, so maintenance of your exterior lights an important aspect of any winter car checklist. Check and clean your lights regularly. The salt and dirt can quickly build-up, reducing the effectiveness of the lights and reducing your visibility to other road users. It's best to keep your lights on in all sorts of weather, as it helps you to be seen. Carry extra bulbs in case of a failure. 

Winter tyres

If you frequently drive in winter, then consider buying a set of winter tyres They offer exceptional grip when the temperature drops below seven degrees, and while they're effective in snow and ice, they also perform better than summer tyres when it's wet. They’re well worth the investment for the additional safety they bring. Even if you don’t want the extra cost of winter tyres, checking the tread depth of your existing tyres is important. The legal limit is 1.6mm, but having more than this can dramatically improve steering and braking - if your tyres are due replacing, then winter is a good time to do it. Also check your tyre pressures regularly, as these can change with the drop in air temperature with the changing of the seasons.

All of this can be overwhelming to organise and to ensure that you are doing everything correctly! Fortunately we at Greg Mitchell Motors have you covered. We are offering a Car Winter check for FREE during the month of December! This includes: Battery Check, Lights Checked,Tyres Checked & All Levels Checked. 

For more information please contact us using one of the links below:


☎️ 028 8165 9966

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