Protect Your Car from Harsh Weather

As temperatures drop, it's time to ensure your vehicle is prepared for the colder months. While we often focus on staying warm ourselves, our cars need special attention too.


Battery Maintenance

Car batteries are more likely to fail in winter due to the increased demand on the starter to crank a cold engine.

  • Check Water Levels:

Ensure the water (electrolyte) level covers the fluid plates. If necessary, top up with distilled water, and avoid overfilling.

  • Clean Battery Terminals:

Wipe the terminals with warm soapy water to remove acid or dirt buildup, which can cause quicker self-discharge.

  • Secure the Battery:

Ensure the battery is properly secured to prevent it from shifting.

  • Regular Charging:

If you drive short distances or infrequently, take a longer drive weekly to keep the battery charged.

  • Save Power:

Switch off the devices you’re not using, such as the air conditioner, radio, and lights to conserve battery power.

  • Check Alternator Belts:

Inspect belts for fraying or cracking, as a loose alternator belt can lead to battery failure.

  • Service Your Car:

Regular servicing can extend your battery's life.


Tyre Care

Keeping your tyres in good condition is crucial for safe driving, especially in winter.

  • Check Tyre Condition:

Ensure tyres are not worn down. Worn tyres are dangerous, especially in wet or icy conditions.

  • Maintain Correct Pressure:

Inflate tyres to the manufacturer's recommended pressure for optimal road holding and tyre life.

  • Legal Requirements:

Tyres must have at least a one-millimetre tread to be roadworthy. Some tyres have tread wear indicators to help you check this.


Lights and Visibility

Winter months mean shorter days and longer nights, reducing visibility during commutes.

  • Headlights:

Ensure your headlights are working properly. Replace burnt-out bulbs and clean the lenses for better visibility.

  • Windscreen and Wipers:

If frost forms on your windscreen, use a scraper instead of warm water to avoid cracking. Check wiper blades and replace them if worn or damaged.


Regular Servicing

Before winter sets in, have your vehicle serviced to identify and address any potential issues.

  • Brakes:

Ensure they function correctly and have sufficient pad thickness.

  • Suspension:

Check for wear or damage.

  • Belts and Hoses:

Inspect for cracks or wear to prevent leaks and breakdowns.


Protecting Your Car's Exterior

Winter weather can be harsh on your car's exterior.

  • Regular Car Washes:

Remove dirt and grime to prevent paint damage and rust.

  • Wax Application:

Apply a protective wax coating to shield your car from the elements.


Regular maintenance is the secret to a long-lasting vehicle, so stay proactive and keep your car in top condition. Safe and happy driving!