A winter car service is essential to stay safe on the roads during the cold and icy winter months. MotorAid have an offer this winter for a full winter car service and health check at an incredible low cost!
Soon those sunny days will become frosty mornings and statistics show that breakdowns are most common in winter. We suggest that you have your car checked and serviced at your nearest by MotorAid garage but there are certain things you should check yourself
Winter Car Checks
Batteries are normally one of the first things to go in the harsh cold, and are one of the main causes of breakdowns in the UK so it’s important yours is working correctly. If your battery is older than 5 years get it checked at your nearest MotorAid garage to make sure it is fully charged before the winter comes.
Filters can get clogged up with dirt and dust and make the engine run poorly therefore using more fuel, make sure you get your air, fuel and PCV filters checked or replaced before driving.
Take a look at your coolant level regularly and top it up if you need to. It’s worth getting it checked at MotorAid to safeguard the mixture is appropriate for the cold.
In the gritty winter weather your lights can get covered in dirt and grime. Wipe your lights clean on a regular basis so other road users can see you in the dark and you can see the road ahead clearly. It may be a good idea especially if travelling on a long journey to have some spare bulbs in case any of the lights malfunctions.
To deal with snow and ice your tyres should have a minimum of a 3mm tread. If you live in a particularly snow and ice prone area, consider winter tyres for extra safety. Keep your tyres inflated and check regularly for cracks and splits as the drop in temperature can have nasty effects on tyres.
This is one of the most important components to check coming into winter, with the harsh weather and reduced visibility. Check your wiper blades for signs of wear and tear and replace them if need be. Fill up your washer fluid regularly. Also consider using more concentrate solutions to reduce the chance of it freezing over. Always leave your windscreen to fully clear before driving off however much you are in a hurry.
Locks & Door seals
These tend to get frozen stuck in the colder weather. A thin coat of polish or Vaseline on the door seal can help stop them becoming stiff. Also some WD-40 inside the locks will stop them freezing up.
What to pack for car journeys
As well as having a winter car service on your vehicle carried out you will need to ensure you are prepared for any journey especially long overnight journeys you plan to make.
Always have a coat or warm clothing packed in the car. No one plans on breaking down or being stuck in the cold for a long period. Make sure you have packed these items to help you in those situations.
It’s common that snow can cause lengthy and sometimes overnight traffic jams, so make sure you’ve got a blanket or two in the boot should the worst happen. A hot drink such as coffee or tea can also bring comfort in the cold weather, so think about bringing a flask.
It’s better to plan ahead so that you are prepared for whatever the weather throws at you. A torch can be vital in the dark, de-icer and a scraper to clear your windshields, jump leads and a first aid kit are all essentials and should be packed all year round but especially into the winter months.
If you’re expecting heavy snow it wouldn’t hurt to pack a shovel as you’d be surprised how useful a shovel can be. Phone chargers and sunglasses are probably the most forgotten but if you’re stuck in a sticky situation you’re going to want your phone so better make sure its charged, as well as sunglasses to reduce the glare from the white snow.
Always listen to weather warnings. If severe weather is forecast try and avoid driving unless you really have to. Limiting the time, you spend on the road when weather conditions are hazardous can be frustrating but could also potentially save lives.
Using online maps and sat navs on your phone you will be able to see in advance of any accidents or snow blocks on your planned route. Be sure to check regularly for any updates.
However equipped your car is for the weather if you are not driving safely you are putting yourself and others at risk. Don’t rush journeys in poor weather and make sure you leave early or on time to avoid having to drive too fast in dangerous conditions.
In icy conditions your braking and stopping distance is increased. Keep well away from the driver in front if the weather is harsh or the roads are icy. Avoid speeding even in clear spaces, you don’t know who else is coming round the corner and you don’t want to lose control and skid of the road or worse.
Winter car service at MotorAid
Getting your vehicle serviced at MotorAid will give you complete peace of mind when driving in cold winter conditions. We currently have winter deals and new services.
- Extended winter health check -Just £29!
- Change the air conditioning service to winter antifreeze – Only £59!
- Free battery check with every service!
Contact us now to book your winter car service and have peace of mind that your car has had a full winter service by an award winning garage!