What can you do to prepare your car for unsociable weather?
Be proactive in the weather, what can you do?
- Cold can affect battery life, so always make sure your battery and it’s charging system are at high optimum performance.
- Have your breaks checked. The brakes are of course the most important system of safety within your vehicle. Without the brake working, you obviously don’t have the chance to stop in time. There is a measure of confidence of course knowing your brakes are at optimum performance.
- Have the exhaust checked for carbon monoxide leaks, these can prove to be deadly within the winter when all windows are likely to be closed.
- Cooling and heating systems. Check the antifreeze is acceptable for the season. It is recommended to clean the cooling system and add new antifreeze every couple of years. Heating of course, the last thing anyone wants or needs is to be driving round in extreme weather conditions and realise that the heater is broke. It is not only uncomfortable to be cold but is also extremely unhealthy and can even be dangerous.
- Windscreen wipers. Check and refill the washer system, though also examine the blades, this is recommended for every 6 months. If you are in extreme rain or fog, windscreen wipers are essential.
- Make sure the lights work properly, both the interior and exterior. Also check that your headlights are aimed properly so that any potential dangers can be seen by them.
- Check tyres are up to scratch and repair if necessary. Check the depth and tyre pressure. It is even worth replacing tyres with winter tyres, if the weather is said to be especially bad at winter. Which in our Britain, is more than likely.
- Change the oil to winter weight, this is a good precaution especially for cold weather climates.
- Keep the Fuel tank full of petrol. This ensures you could wait out a storm or an unexpected breakdown if needs be.
- Have an emergency kit on board. It may sound pedantic but if you are always prepared for the unexpected, you can get through most things. The items you need in an emergency are rather obvious. A jumper, cables, a torch, a snow brush, ice scraper, shovel, extra clothing, blankets, food that can last. The usual type of things you would want in extreme weather if you happened to be stuck in an unfortunate situation.
Keep yourselves warm in this horrendous weather!