Taking Extra Care of Your Vehicle Over the Winter

We generally know how to take care of our vehicles effectively. But many of us let our cars slip into poor condition throughout the winter months. This is unacceptable. Sure, it may be cold and we may face problems that we don’t have to at other points of the year. But it’s necessary to maintain our vehicles properly if we want them to stay in good condition and if we want to operate safely on the roads. So, here are a few pieces of advice that you should bear in mind until the weather starts to improve again!

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The Basics

It’s extremely important that you keep up with the basics throughout the winter months. If your car is due to be taken into a garage for a Car Service, Repairs and MOT, make sure that you go. Sure, it may be chilly out and you might rather stay inside, wrapped up in a comfortable blanket in front of the television. Sure, you may have 101 different things to do like shopping for gifts, watching nativity plays, or meeting friends at festive markets. But at the end of the day, you need to prioritise your safety and others’ safety, and you shouldn’t be taking your vehicle to the roads without these checks being completed.

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De-Icing Your Car

As the temperature drops and the weather takes a turn for the worse, you’re likely to find yourself having to de-ice your car before you can get behind the wheel. But there’s a way to do this! Don’t damage your windscreen by acting hastily or practicing a bad technique. A good first step is to start your car and let it warm up. This may mean heading out earlier than you anticipated for your journey, but it is the best way to go about things. The glass will get warm and the ice will melt away of its own accord without necessary interference. Trying to use water to defrost your windscreen can cause damage. Hot water can cause glass to break through thermal shock, while cold water could simply freeze, leaving you in the same predicament.

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Check Your Tyre Pressure

As the temperature drops, your tyre pressure is also likely to drop. This is why it’s important to check your tyre pressure regularly and to ensure that they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times. This will increase your safety and reduce the risk of problems developing while you are out on the road.

These are just a few tips and tricks that should help to keep you safe behind the wheel and to keep your vehicle in as good condition possible throughout the winter months! Implement them into your regime today!

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