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Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Posted by MC 30/09/2015 0 Comment(s)

The winter’s wet & frosty roads can pose a huge danger to any driver.  Those of us who drive on the roads without preparing our vehicles for the winter could be in particular danger.  So we have put together some important preparations tips for you.

Battery

Your battery is your vehicles life source, without it your vehicle will not even start, so it is essential that you check it during the winter months to make sure it’s in working order.  During the winter months there is increased demand on your battery due to having your heaters on more often windscreen wipers etc.  If your having issues starting your vehicle it may be an indication you may need a new battery, have it checked by a qualified mechanic.

Oil

Change your oil. Cold temperatures can cause oil to thicken, which can prevent it from lubricating your engine, causing damage.  Check your manual for the correct oil type.

Screen Wash & Wiper Blades

Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition to ensure visibility; we don’t think about them until we need them.  Screen wash can freeze and will be unable to spray. Switch to a screen wash that won’t freeze.

Lights

As we approach the winter months, motorists are advised to use dipped head lights during the day so we are easily seen. Headlights and taillights should be clean and in working order.

De-Icer & Screen Scrapers

Make sure you carry de-icer & a screen scraper in the car to ensure your  windows & mirrors are kept clear.  Do not use boiling water as this can crack the windscreen.

Belts & Hoses

Make sure your engine's belts and hoses are in good condition. These become more fragile in the cold and are more likely to snap or break.

Brakes

We don’t need an automotive expert too tell us why our vehicles brakes are probably its most important safety system.  Driving a vehicle with poorly maintained brakes is a danger to you and other motorists make sure yours are in perfect working condition.

First Aid Kit

It's important to have a first aid kit in your vehicle, particularly if you're setting off on a long trip. From everyday first aid basics to emergency items you may need on a road trip such as a high vis vest, breakdown triangle and torch.

Antifreeze

Just as oil is a very important fluid for your car and you know it is vital to check the level and keep it topped up, coolant is also crucial for your engines health.  Without coolant/antifreeze your engine will suffer extreme damage, even when the temperature outside is moderate.
Tyres

We don’t supply tyres but it is vital your tyres are in excellent condition for the winter.  Here is a link to the RSA website about safety information on tyres.
http://www.rsa.ie/PageFiles/5206/Tyre_Safety_Information_Guide_.PDF

Wax Your Car

Moisture & road salt are a corrosive combination and can eat away at your paint.  Giving your car a wax job can be the best way to protect it from corrosive materials.

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