Finding yourself stranded by the side of the road in wintery conditions is something we’d all rather avoid.
That’s why it’s best to be on the safe side and book your car in for a winter health check. Here are some of the maintenance issues we would consider a priority.
Are your tyres winter ready?
Before the icy weather sets in, make sure your tyres are ready for winter road conditions. You should check the tread depth of your tyres is sufficient as this will help to improve your steering and braking performance.
A winter check will ensure that your tyres are fully prepared for changes in terrain such as moving from wet roads through to ice and snow. Tyre tread depth and pressure should be inspected to ensure your tyres are in optimum condition.
Depending on your driving circumstances, you could also decide to switch to winter tyres for better grip and cornering ability.
How much life is in your car battery?
Cold and damp weather puts pressure on your car battery and has a negative impact on the power it can deliver. If your car has an old battery, the winter weather may just finish it off – especially if the additional power of heaters and other electrical devices drains it.
If your car struggles to start due to a lack of power, it’s time to replace your battery. A winter check will make sure your battery is protected, charged and secured.
Do you have sufficient coolant and antifreeze?
A vital element of a winter vehicle check is to look at the condition of your cooling system. A malfunctioning cooling system is often the cause of engine-related breakdowns.
We check your antifreeze and refill it if necessary. Frozen water will expand, and this can split engine hoses and pipes, causing leaks and reducing cooling efficiency. We check antifreeze is added to the water in your radiator to prevent it from seizing up and causing problems.
Does your oil need topping up or replacing?
To avoid breakdowns in the colder months, you should get your oil checked as too much or too little can cause major engine problems.
We also ensure you have the best engine oil for winter for your type of vehicle.
Are all your lights working correctly?
During the winter you will spend more time driving in the dark, and you’re also more likely to find yourself driving in fog. Front and rear lights are used more, therefore, a quick check should be done to ensure all your car lights are working to the correct standard.
Driving with broken lights is dangerous as well as illegal, so this is a vital precaution.
Can your windscreen wipers handle all weather conditions?
Windscreen wipers are a simple but fundamentally important element of vehicle safety.
In winter, weather conditions can change suddenly, and it’s crucial to have clear vision when driving. A winter check will ensure wipers are in good condition and your wiper fluid is topped up.
Would your car benefit from a winter health check?
We offer car servicing, maintenance and repair for all makes and models of vehicles, including classic and vintage cars. Free collection and delivery can be arranged if you live near our Fleet or Dogmersfield service centres.