Look after your car this winter and save money.
With UK temperatures predicted to drop in the months of January and February, looking after your car this winter can save you money. Cold weather is one of your car’s greatest enemies; flat batteries, engine failure and other cold related problems can cost an arm and a leg, not to mention the hassle. So, what can you do to help avoid such expensive and stressful problems happening?
No matter how new you car is, or how well you look after your car, winter weather can still take its toll and leave you out in the cold. Having comprehensive breakdown and accident cover acts as a safety net and should you get into trouble you have peace of mind, knowing that experts are only a phone call away. There are some excellent motor breakdown and accident packages on the market from companies such as Start Rescue and so make sure you do your research before simply signing up with one of the companies at the top of the Google search results.
Treat your Car to the Full Spa Treatment
Now is a good time to pamper your car by having a reputable mechanic give it a service. As a bare minimum you should instruct your mechanic to change the oil, the oil filter and check that the antifreeze levels are correct (half antifreeze, half water is the recommended ratio). Top-ups of screen wash and other fluids is also a good idea.
If your car’s battery is more than three years old, it may well be worth having it replaced. Flat batteries are one of the most common reasons for winter breakdowns and also one of the most easily avoidable.
If you are extremely conscientious, live in a rural area or somewhere else that has a lot of snow and ice, then winter tyres may be another option that you might want to consider. Winter tyres will give better grip and allow you to stop more quickly if you need to.
Finally, investing in a good winter kit will make your life easier and help you avoid early morning accidents. Your kit should include an ice scraper, some de-icer spray and a cloth or pad to wipe the inside of your windscreen. Keep this in your car at all times, along with a winter coat, hat, scarf and gloves.
Winter motoring can be troublesome and hazardous, but taking sensible precautions will go a long way in helping you battle through until spring has arrived.