With Winter on the way, a Free Car Winter Check will give you confidence. Make sure you’re not going to be left stranded outside in the cold when your car breaks down.
The winter weather of rain, wind and ice leads to deterioration in the road surface. Whilst the council will lay salt to prevent the dangers of frost, this damages the road surface and ultimately it’s your car that suffers the most.
Pot holes are created when water seeps into cracks in the road. The water can then freeze and expand, leading to large cracks in the tarmac. When your car then drives over these weak points, the cracks become larger leading to pot holes.
Adding salt to water means the freeze and thaw cycle is quicker than natural water, leading to quicker road damage.
From pot holes to skiddy surfaces (rain and ice) damaging tyres and suspension, to frozen windscreen wipers and locks, there are things that you can do to protect your vehicle and stay safe.
Mechanically your engine will also need to be able to cope with change and freezing temperatures. Maintaining your engine will give you many more happy motoring miles.
If you don’t want to be stood over your engine in the cold and rain, we’ll do it for your for free!
So we’ve compiled our Top 7 Winter Tips to help you make sure your car or van is ready for winter.
Don’t forget at Ewood MOT & Service Centre, we provide a full Free Car Winter Check to make sure you’re safe on the road.
To book your Free Car Winter Check, just phone us on 01254 433383.
Top 7 Winter Tips for Cars and Vans
- Battery – Freezing temperatures affect the speed at which your battery can recharge and hold its charge. Get your battery tested.
- Tyres – Become warn from damaged road surfaces. Makes sure the tread on the inside, outside and centre are in good condition so that you have good grip. Consider Winter tyres.
- Anti-Freeze – Protects the water in your radiator and prevents from both freezing and over heating your engine. It also protects from dirty scaling and prevents corrosion to parts
- Lights – Stay safe in the rain, fog and dark nights with fully working lights all around the vehicle. Freezing temperatures can lead to electrical faults
- Suspension – Again the main cause for concern is the poor road quality and constant damage inflicted from pot holes in the road. Make sure your suspension is safe.
- Windscreen and Wipers – Have you every started the car in the frost and immediately put the windscreen wipers on to clear the wind screen? It doesn’t usually go too well. In the cold weather, this can damage the wiper motor and electrics. Check there are no dinks or cracks in the windscreen and run a cloth over the wipers to clear debris and dirt which could get stuck in cracks.
- Brakes – Make sure you give yourself the best change of stopping in the rain and ice. In bad weather conditions, you’ll be doing a lot of start and stopping in traffic jams and guiding your way through surface water and ice. Make sure you brakes are at the optimum performance.