By taking the utmost care of your vehicle during these harsh months, you could save yourself a lot of time, effort and money.
By following these top tips combined with a bit of common sense, you can keep your car in the best condition throughout the winter…
Protect your Car
With winter comes a whirlwind of different weather conditions: snow, ice, rain, freezing temperatures and high winds. The constant changes in all of these conditions have an increasing damaging effect on your car. By parking your vehicle in a fully sheltered garage with a quality garage door, you can help to prevent any damage from debris hitting your car in any high winds, as well as preventing you from having to get up extra early in the mornings to scrape the ice and snow off your windows. If your garage is well insulated, it also means your car shouldn’t be too cold when you get in.
Unlike any other time of the year, winter brings with it some of the worst driving conditions possible. With the risk of black ice, snow covered roads and heavy rain, you need to make sure that you drive carefully to not only avoid an accident, but also to avoid damaging your car in any way. Make sure that you drive slowly if your vision is limited, or the roads are covered in snow or ice.
You should also avoid driving through large puddles as this can flood your engine, damaging your internal electrical system. As there may be gritters out on the roads, you may want to keep your distance, as often the grit they dispose of can hit your car and damage your paintwork.
Check Brakes and Tyres
As your tyres are the only part of your car that touch the road, you should regularly check them to see if they are in good condition and that there is enough tread on your tyres, as you want to ensure that you have maximum grip when driving on icy or wet roads. You should also check that there are no cuts or bulges in them and that they are suitable to drive on.
Your brakes need to be fully functional and in good working order in normal driving conditions, so it is essential that it they are in excellent condition when the road and weather conditions are worse. Remember the braking distance is much higher in wet and icy conditions so that needs to be taken into consideration. This is why you should drive further away from cars in front of you and at a much slower speed.
By following these simple yet effective tips, you could potentially save yourself a load of money in repairs, as well as reducing the risk of an accident.
This post was written by Ekta Mair, who was sick of scrapping the ice off her car every morning, which is why she invested in a high quality garage door from Eastern Garage Doors.