Winter has once again reared its dark, damp, cold head and it is that time of year when you need to start making changes to the way you drive and to your vehicle. This is a time of year when a breakdown is far more likely due to weather conditions and so you need to take extra precautions to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

By following these 10 simple steps you can ensure that your car performs well throughout this time of year

WINTER CAR CHECKS

1. OIL CHECK

Making sure your engine has plenty of lubricant is vital during winter months as the cold weather can cause hiccups with the engine’s mechanics. Low oil levels can seriously damage your car, so make sure you keep it topped up at all times. 
 

2. OIL REPLACEMENT

If your oil gives a black appearance or if it is a very light weight oil then it is extremely beneficial to replace it. Heavier weight oil performs better in the winter months and can ensure that your car turns over first time, even when it’s very cold outside.

3. BRAKE CHECK

When it’s wet or icy outside it takes a lot longer to bring your car to a complete stop. This can be delayed even further if you have worn out brake pads, low brake fluid levels or faulty discs. Make sure you have a professional fully check your brakes to ensure that they are working as well as possible.

4. TYRE CHECK

While there is a minimum level of tread that you need for a tyre to be legal, during the winter months you will want much more than this. It may be worth investing in a pair of winter tyres, especially if it is very wet or potentially snowy where you live. 
 

5. WINDSCREEN WIPERS

Visibility is key during these winter months, so you can’t tolerate having a wiper blade that smears across your windscreen. Make sure that your wipers are in good knick and are working well. 

6. WIPER WASH

If you still have summer fluid in your wiper wash then you will need to ensure that there is plenty of antifreeze added to stop this liquid from freezing solid and bursting pipes. This can be a very expensive break and it is easily avoided, so make sure you check. 

7. CHECK THE BATTERY

One of the most frequent call outs in the winter is for dead batteries. Because you are using the heaters, lights and other electrical components, you put additional strain on the battery which can cause it to fail – especially if it is older than 5 years.

8. LIGHT BULBS

Driving with any light bulb out can be dangerous as there is less visibility. Make sure you check to see whether your headlights, rear lights, indicators and reversing lights all work. If they don’t then you will need to replace these ASAP. 

9. LOCKS AND DOOR SEALS

Putting some anti-freeze into your locks can help to prevent any nasty surprises and ensuring your door seals are in the right place and are properly sealed can stop unwanted moisture from getting on the inside of the car and freezing. 

10. HEATING AND VENTILATION

This is especially important during the winter months as you will want the heating on in your car, so if it doesn’t work you won’t be happy. Make sure you carry out a thorough check of your heating and ventilation system before the winter temperatures really kick in.

WINTER CAR CHECKS AT NATHANIEL CARS

If you want a complete inspection of your vehicle prior to winter then pop down to Nathaniel Cars, our fully equipped workshops have everything needed to keep your car running smoothly. Our winter safety check is only £9.99 and includes everything listed above as well as exhaust and suspension!

We also offer a free battery check which includes measuring and topping up the water level, monitoring the battery charge and assessing the general condition plus if you need a new battery we are offering 10% off a replacement battery.

We also stock a wide range of winter tyres, perfect for handling everything from more water on the road to snowy conditions. To find out more about what we offer or to book your winter check, give us a call on 01656 662 255.