Tips On Caring For Your Car In Winter

Winter is definitely on its way, and although we still expereinec some nice warm sunny days, the night’s are getting colder and the heavy rains and cold winds from dow3n south start arriving. So we dig out the warm winter clothes and the rainjackets and boots for winter…

The cold weather affects your car too. Along with making driving more hazardous due to heavy rain, ice and snow, extreme winter weather can be stressful, especially on older cars.

As winter approaches take you car to your trusty mechanic at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu and have him check the following items: battery, wipers, antifreeze levels, heating system, brakes, defroster.

You’ll want to make sure your battery is fully charged as cold weather starting is a heavy drain on your battery. Secondly, you’ll want to make sure that your windshield wipers are in good condition as they’ll get a lot of use brushing rain a, sleet and possibly even snow off, and, make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and carry an extra few litres in your car. Your windshield washer fluid will get used up quickly keeping salt off the windshield. You will want to make sure that your antifreeze is at proper levels. Antifreeze can prevent freezing of your engine to about 30 degrees below zero. It should be replaced every two years. Have your heating system checked, this will include your defroster, which you’ll really need during the winter.

Make sure you have good winter tires on your car. If you live in an area where you get a good amount of snowfall you may want to make a seasonal change from all season to snow tires. All season radials just don’t give you the same performance in snow and ice that dedicated snow tires do.

There are things that you should keep in your car during the winter. Snow scraper, deicer, blankets, extra hat and mittens, small snow shovel, sand (to help with traction), boots. At all times you should have a small first aid kit, booster cables, small tools such as screwdriver, wrench and pliers a flashlight with extra batteries, extra water. Keep a can of deicer in your home so you’ll be able to get into your car.

If it has snowed overnight and your car is covered in a thick layer of it in the morning -remember before leaving home to make sure your car is completely cleaned off. Clear all snow and ice from your bonnet, roof, boot and side. Make sure your headlights and tail lights are clearly visible. Drive slowly. The posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. When driving leave plenty of stopping distance between you and the car in front of you. You may need to leave more distance in icy conditions. Make any turns slowly. Brake slowly.

By following these tips above you can have a safe winter driving season. To get your car professionally checked and prepared for winter take it to Simon at CVS. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE