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How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter: A Winter Health Check

Winter is tough on cars. The cold weather can make it harder for your car to start and run, and it can also make it more difficult to drive in icy and snowy conditions.

That's why it's important to give your car a winter health check before the icy conditions start to set in.

Here are some of the things you should check:

  • Oil and filter: Change your oil and filter to a winter-weight oil. This will help your car's engine start and run more easily in cold weather.
  • Tyre pressure: Check your tyre pressure and make sure it's at the recommended level. Low pressure can make it more difficult to control your car in icy conditions.
  • Brakes: Get your brakes checked. Make sure they're working properly and that they have enough brake fluid.
  • Windshield washer fluid: Top up your washer fluid. This will help you keep your windshield clear of snow and ice (be warned, it can freeze and might not come out of the nozzles when you try it)
  • Battery: Check your battery and have it tested if it's old or weak. A weak battery can make it difficult to start your car in cold weather.
  • Belts and hoses: Inspect your belts and hoses for any cracks or leaks. Replace any that are damaged.
  • Lights: Check your lights and make sure they're all working properly. This is especially important in low-visibility conditions.
  • Winter survival kit: Stock your car with a winter survival kit, including a flashlight, flares, first-aid kit, blanket, and water. This will help you stay safe if you unfortunately get stranded.

In addition, you might want to consider having your car's fluids flushed and refilled and having the spark plugs replaced. This will help ensure that your car is running in its best condition for the winter months.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your car is ready for winter driving and that you stay safe on the road.

Do you want to know more?

Contact us online today or visit us in branch and speak to a member of the service team who will be happy to help.

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