Guest Post: Tips for making your car winter friendly
This is going to be a four part blog post giving your tips for making your car ready for the winter brought to you by The Car People, specialist car dealers. Driving in winter can be daunting at the best of times, especially with ice, snow and floods to make things worse. There’s the lower visibility due to fog and the lack of daylight and a windscreen that seems to be in constant thaw mode at the beginning of every journey. Even worse is when the battery packs up for reasons unknown. So here’s an essential guide to practical motoring in the winter months that will not only save you time and money should make driving for you and your family safer.
Avoid prolonged use of electrical devices such as radio and heaters and ensure that non-essential devices are turned off when starting up. With reduced daylight hours and general visibility there’s a greater need for headlamps and wipers and remember that batteries can run out! Save it for the essentials.
If your battery is approaching the five year mark, by replacing it now you could save yourself time and money but also an incredibly inconvenient roadside experience. Otherwise an overnight trickle charge will help batteries that are not up to scratch or those are left idle most weekends.
This stuff costs only a few quid but without it you could be faced with a bill of hundreds to fix a cracked engine block – listen for the signs, a squeaky fan belt on start up could be a frozen water pump. Stop the car straight away and allow it to thaw.
Don’t confuse which type of antifreeze to use. Adding domestic antifreeze to life-long antifreeze; that most modern cars use, can cause sludge to form in the engine. If in doubt, take it to a mechanic for a winter service. Remember a 50-50% mixture of antifreeze and water is needed in the cooling system during winter.