Winter driving is more difficult for drivers than motoring in summer’s conditions. The weather can mean that you need to adjust your driving style to take account of slower stopping times in rain and snowfall, for example. The earlier twilight also takes its toll on drivers’ eyes with glare being a particular issue. The tribulations of winter can also have an impact on vehicles themselves. In order to keep your car working well until spring returns, you should follow the tips outlined below for tyres and car care. In addition to keeping you on the road on an incident-free basis, they will mean that your time on the road is safer, both for the driver and passengers of your car.
#1 Car Tyre Inspection
Tyres get through a lot of work in winter, helping to maintain good traction in wet and icy conditions. Worn down tyres need to be replaced and a visual inspection is often enough to spot tell-tale signs of wear, like bulges and cracks. When driving in the dark, you are more likely to hit debris and need to replace a tyre or two, as a result. If so, you can easily check the availability of compatible tyres that will suit your model of car. Professional tyre fitting in Hertfordshire can be done in DAT Tyres Baldock branch.
#2 Winter Tyres
You should also consider fitting winter tyres with a different rubber composite in winter, especially if you travel to exposed areas or the far north. These offer superior grip in snow and ice than conventional tyres. You can drive on them in ordinary road conditions, too.
#3 Light Check
Before you head off on a journey in winter, check your lights. Don’t just flip your sidelights on during the day and hope for the best as the evening wears on. Check your dipped headlights, full beam and brake lights before heading off. Every few weeks you should also check your indicators and reversing light. Finally, don’t forget your fog light which you are more likely to need in the winter.
Change your wiper blades before they start to wear down. The rubber works less effectively in cold temperatures and grease can build up on windscreens more quickly on wintry roads. A few pounds spent to swop your wipers for new ones will soon pay for themselves if you are able to see more clearly, potentially spotting hazards ahead.
Driving in winter means being able to heat the car properly. Wrapping up in a hat and coat while a puny heating system struggles means you will be distracted on the road and a danger to others. If your heating system has got blocked or it takes a long time to get going, you may need your battery inspected or for the system to be serviced. Never drive off cold.
#6 Anti-Freeze Tip
Keep a can of anti-freeze handy near to where you keep your car. If you keep in in the boot, then frozen up locks may mean you cannot retrieve it when you need to. A quick spray of anti-freeze on your car’s locks should free them up to allow your key to enter effectively – even on the coldest days.
#7 Oil Changes
You might think oil is needed to prevent overheating and not an issue in winter. However, your oil needs to warm up before it can lubricate your engine properly. Newer oil does this more effectively than old oil. Make sure that your oil is changed in autumn ready for the colder times ahead.
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