When winter rolls around, you can do several things to ensure that you are ready for whatever the season throws at you. Depending on where you live, winter can bring a real cold snap, which makes it even more essential that you are ready for whatever is coming.
Check the Battery Levels
If your battery is getting older, then it can really struggle to make it through a cold winter. Batteries do not like the cold weather! Get a mechanic to check the battery health and levels, and if you feel like your battery might be on its last legs, buy a new one. Alternatively, you can get a car battery charger to keep in your car just in case you get caught while you are out and your battery dies.
Check Your Tires
Check they have plenty of treads left. Most modern tires come with a marker to show you when the tread is getting low. Checking your tires should be done regularly.
Whether you have custom wheels or just the standard wheels that came with your vehicle, you might also be able to change the tires. This means you can put specific winter tires on which have more tread and cope with snow and icy conditions.
Check Your Brakes
Obviously, it is always vital to ensure that you have working brakes! Every year you should get your car checked by a mechanic, and this is even more important going into the winter months. Your brakes will be tested by more wet conditions and possibly even icy conditions, which can be a real challenge. It will take you much longer to stop, and you need to make sure your brakes can do the job in these conditions.
It might be that your brakes need repairs or the brake fluid needs changing to ensure you are working at optimum capacity.
Ensure All Lights Work (and Carry Spares)
The cold snap in winter can also be the end of lightbulbs in your car. These can be indicators, headlights, or brake lights. They can blow at any time. As winter hits, it is a good idea to check all lights and replace any required, but it is also worth having some spares in the vehicle if you can. A lot of lights can be easily replaced. Even if you have to check a tutorial on YouTube, you can get your lights back on in no time.
Run Your Heater and Defroster
Yet another check for you to carry out. Your heater and defroster are both vital for cold journeys, and if you live somewhere your windscreen can get icy, then it is vital that you have the capacity to defrost this.
On top of the car’s inbuilt heater and defroster, it might be a good idea to get some extra products to tackle the cold, such as additional heaters that can be hooked up to the 12V power supply in your vehicle.
Depending on the age of your car, the heater might take a little bit of time to get going, so give it a while to run before deciding you need a repair.
Change the Oil
Your oil needs to be changed regularly to help your engine stay healthy and improve the efficiency of your car. Oil can also get thick and struggle to perform in the colder climates, which means that you might want to switch to a specific winter oil. You can actually buy oil that is called “winter weight” as this can help you with performance in the colder parts of the world. This might not be required if you live somewhere where it doesn’t get too cold.
You can do other things such as changing the fluid in your car and general vehicle upkeep and maintenance. It’s important not to go into the winter unprepared, especially if you are going to keep using your car a lot or if you live in a really cold place, where the winters can be challenging.