- Published 07/11/2022
5 Tips for Preparing Your Car for Winter Driving
With winter comes snow, ice, and cold weather, and with that, the need to take extra care of your car. No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road in a blizzard, so it's important to take the necessary steps to winterise your vehicle before the cold weather starts.
Here are five tips on how to prepare your car for winter driving:
1. Check your battery.
Cold weather can cause your battery to lose power, so it's important to have it checked regularly throughout the winter so you don’t get caught out.
2. Replace your windscreen wipers.
Windscreen wipers are essential for clearing away snow and ice, so make sure they're in good condition before the winter season begins. Old, worn-out wipers won't be able to clear away snow and ice effectively, which can lead to dangerous visibility problems. If your wipers are more than a year old, it's a good idea to replace them before winter hits.
You should also top off all of your fluid levels, including windscreen washer fluid, coolant, and oil. Frozen fluids can cause major problems, so it's always better to err on the side of caution
4. Check your tyres.
Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated and have enough tread left on them to grip the road in snowy or icy conditions. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you may want to invest in snow tyres for extra traction.
5. Keep an emergency kit in your car.
In case you do get stranded somewhere, it's always good to have an emergency kit on hand containing things like food, water, blankets, mobile phone and charger and first-aid supplies. A shovel and a bag of sand or salt can also be helpful if you need to clear away snow or ice from around your car.
By taking a few simple steps now, you can help ensure that you'll be able to navigate the roads this winter safely, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you! Drive safe.