Average Joe’s whistle-stop guide on how to get your vehicle prepared for the worst of the winter weather – and with the weather turning colder, it’s now time to ensure your car, van or truck is in good shape for everything the elements can throw at it.
Keep an eye on both tyre tread & tyre pressure on your vehicle as these factors will fundamentally affect your stopping distances, particularly when there is ice & snow on the road. If required, top up the air or get yourself some new tyres to ensure you’re in good shape if you need to stop quicktime.
Anti-Freeze & Screen Wash
Clue’s in the name right? Antifreeze stops the water in the engine’s cooling system from freezing by lowering its freezing temperature. Keeping this fluid topped up, can prevent any engine issues which is the last thing you want if you’re sitting in the car first thing in the morning or last thing at night when its -4 Degrees. Also, get a screen wash with anti-freeze properties that will melt the ice and reduce the possibility of re-freeze.
Road salt, and the mixing of this with rain water can, by nature accelerate the corrosion process, meaning exposed metal surfaces will rust faster. As such protecting your paintwork with a last stage protection (often wax, paint sealant or ceramic coating) can provide a hardwearing protective shield to stop or slow this chemical reaction. Speak to staff at your local automotive store, or a local vehicle valeter or detailer for recommendations for what would work best for your requirements and budget.
Low temperatures can have a significant effect on a battery with a low state of charge. The cold affects the efficacy of the electro-chemical reaction within a battery and reduces the ability of the battery to transfer full power when you turn the ignition. Have the battery health-checked at your local garage, and replace / recharge as appropriate. If your battery is over 3 years old, its more likely to need replacing or a regular charge. When it’s cold, avoid using anything unnecessary in your vehicle before you try and start it up!
If you prep like a pro, you should be in good shape throughout the winter!