With the increasing winds and tumbling temperatures we’ve been experiencing in recent years, it’s clear that summer has well and truly gone and wintry months are not far over the horizon. Whilst this is not all bad, the onset of winter plays havoc with road users every year and can be extremely dangerous. Here at Speed Couriers, we know a thing or two about cars and how to keep them safe, which is why we’ve put together some top tips on how to winter proof your car this winter.
#1 Clear your windscreen
Keeping your windscreen clear is essential in the colder months, so that you can have a full, concentrated view of the road ahead. Keep them clean and smudge free by giving them a good wash and polish on a regular basis, ensure your windscreen wipers are squeaky clean and put some winter solution in your screen wash to avoid those nasty smears.
Also, it is important to completely de-mist and de-ice your windscreen before setting off in your car. If you want to stop these from forming in the first place, place a towel or old newspaper over the windscreen overnight.
#2 Keep your battery charged
Cold mornings on the way to work often encourage us to take advantage of all the little additions in our cars, like turning up the heater and having your lights on at full beam. This can take its toll on your battery, which is why it’s vitally important to keep it fully charged. You can help this by ensuring you start your car with all of the electrics turned off and by taking it out for a drive at least once a week.
#3 Test your brakes
Brakes are even more important in the winter than they are at other times of the year. One slight skid or one late brake could be the different between safety and a serious incident, which is why it is imperative to ensure that your brakes are in top condition. If you’re not sure how to do this yourself, you can take your car to the local garage where they can do this for you.
#4 Put on your air conditioning
It’s important to keep your air conditioner running during winter months. This is because leaving them off could lead to the pipes becoming corroded. Switch it on for around half an hour a couple of times a week and your pipe system should be able to last all the way through to summer.