Driving during winters can be a real hassle and on slippery roadways, it can be risky. Prepare your vehicle and drive carefully to ensure that it is ready for any winter drive.
Car problems during the cold weathers can only be avoided with regular maintenance of your vehicle. Using the checklist given below you can avoid no-starts and mishaps.
Check Your Tyre Tread
1. Are your tyres sufficiently treading to disperse rain and maximize grip?
2. Are your tyres properly inflated for the best possible grip on the road?
3. Is your extra tyre filled and prepared to be used if necessary?
4. Have you got a tyre jack?
The only thing keeping your prized possession on the road and your family secure are these four tiny strips of rubber, yet we hardly ever give them a second consideration. Check your tires right away if you don’t do anything else on this list.
It’s a good idea to have a backup plan in case the main one fails. Water is pumped out of the contact area where the tyre meets the asphalt by the tread.
Beyond the legal track depth limit, the tread is practically worthless as its ability to remove water from the contact area diminishes with wear.
Make sure to spin your tires every time you get your oil changed and check the tread on your tires as you prepare your vehicle for wintertime. Winter driving and worn tires make for an especially hazardous combo. They lengthen your stopping distance and reduce your driving steadiness on slick surfaces.
Think about winter tires. Your life might be saved by winter tires. Winter tires offer significantly more grip, allowing for quick stops and less side-skidding during curves. Winter tires can avert a mishap by providing improved handling in turns and stopping distance.
Replace Your Windscreen Wipers
Verify the wipers’ functionality on the low speed, high speed, and irregular stages. Additionally, look over the wiper blades for damage and repair them if necessary. The cost of changing them is little, and they can be done in a matter of minutes to finish.
Replace your worn-out or outdated blades with a new pair from the vendor or accessories store that is most convenient for you.
Keep your windshield wiper reservoir full as well because you will be cleaning your windscreen more frequently than normal because damp roads cause more road dirt.
Check Your Car Battery
The lifespan of car batteries is capped. Don’t wait for yours to break down and abandon you. In colder climates, your car’s battery capability decreases. Because the chemical process is slowed down by the cold, all batteries discharge more quickly when it is chilly outside.
Therefore, the winter strain may be the tipping point if your vehicle battery is getting on in years or is short on charge. Having your battery checked and changed as required is the best way to prevent a battery-related breakdown.
Make sure your vehicle is winter-ready and hire a technician to check the lubricant and wires in your battery. An automated battery tester can be used to inspect the health of the battery, starter, and complete charging system.
Warm Up Your Engine
In colder regions, it’s traditional to let your vehicle run for a while before leaving work in the afternoons or at the end of the day. After all, it’s well known that getting in the car and taking off in a chilly climate is bad for our motor. An excellent method to keep your engine healthy is to warm up. You let it hydrate itself, which lengthens its life span.
Extremely cold temperature can affect your vehicle specially, when it is parked outside. Experts suggest to let it get enough warm before driving so, its fluid flows properly. Additionally, even though it is unquestionably essential, leaving your car inactive for an extended time wastes fuel and emits too many emissions.
Warming up your car enables the windscreen defogger to remove snow and it allows the engine to lubricate itself with oil. To reduce consequences of driving chilled vehicle, let it get settled first. This will enable the engine’s moving parts to distribute the oil equally.
You run the danger of causing piston damage if your motor isn’t given enough time to warm up. From a mechanical standpoint, it prevents the parts of your motor from experiencing undue wear and strain.
According to statistics, nearly half a million accidents occur each winter as a result of poor weather and shoddy road conditions.
When travelling, always reduce your pace to take into consideration decreased traction. Slowly increase and decrease your speed. To maintain traction and prevent skids, gently press the accelerator. Avoid trying to accelerate quickly and allow yourself enough time to decelerate down at stoplights. Keep in mind that slowing down on slick roadways requires more time.
Always keep an extra room between your car and the one in front of you. If you need to halt, you will have the extra space you need due to the improved safety margin.
Know your breaks. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, maintain your heel on the ground and press the stop pedal firmly and steadily with your foot.
Kings Car Towing ─ We Got Your Back in Roadside Emergency
As the winter season begins, be prepared by having your car inspected by an auto repair shop. Although it doesn’t cover everything you should do for your vehicle, the guidance in this checklist can be useful.
- Save this list and refer back to it later.
- Do you have a membership to a “roadside-assistance program” for winter emergencies?
It is crucial to have backup help, and you must be ready to dial the emergency number in advance if your car ever slips into trouble on the road.
Find comfort in knowing that you have a reliable service provider on your side in the event of any emergency.
Please get in touch with Kings Car Towing right away if you require any help or have any problems.