We are now in the midst of winter and the cold and frost is slowly creeping up on us (if not for many of us already!). When it comes to winter, our vehicles can really suffer, and not just with the locks and ignition. With just a few minutes maintenance, you can prevent things such as untimely and unwanted breakdowns in the cold temperatures.
Give your Car a Service
Is your car due a service over the next month or two? It might be worth getting it done sooner rather than later. Over half a million cars in the UK are estimated to break down each December, with half those potentially being prevented by having a car service. Many garages across the UK offer car services at a discounted price over the winter, so it could be worth doing a bit of research to see if there’s one near you!
There’s a right way and wrong way to filling up your anti-freeze tank. Wrong; topping up with water as and when needed. Right; filling up with a 50/50 mix of water and anti-freeze to ensure there’s no dilution. Doing it the wrong way can cause the car engine to overheat and end in a rather expensive repair bill.
Check your Tyres
Driving with tyres that are in bad condition could result in less grip on snow and ice. Not only is this dangerous for you and others, the repair bill you end up with could be rather suprising. Essential to steering and braking, it’s important that you check the pressure and tread depth regularly.
For more info and the guidelines on checking your tyres, click here.
Check your Car Battery
A car battery is what keeps your vehicle running. Over the winter months, a car's battery suffers from the cold and drivers often use electric more - with the increased use of lights and heating. All of which places it under further strain.
Whilst a car battery can be jumped, they tend to last roughly five years before needing to be replaced.
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Those tips should help your car keep healthy over the winter months. Whilst there’s many more things you can do to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape, it’s important you take care of the parts that keep your vehicle running (and you, safe!).
However, if you find yourself locked out of your vehicle, or needing assistance with your ignition or car keys, please get in touch with us.