Once the temperature starts to drop and harsh weather conditions are upon us, then caring for your car should be a top priority. Not only does this ensure your car is performing at its maximum level, but it also helps to keep you and the passengers as safe as possible.
If you are not familiar with cars or you just don’t have the time to start looking under the bonnet, then it’s highly recommended that you visit with a qualified mechanic who can do all of the work for you.
Below are some tips to help care for your car this winter:
Get a carport
Without a doubt, a carport is one of the best ways to stop rain, snow and all of the elements reaching your car when it is parked at home.
You could also buy a garage of course, but they are more expensive, but with a carport it does the same kind of job for a fraction of the price.
Check tire pressure
It’s an unfortunate fact that many cars get into accidents during the winter simply because they had the incorrect tire pressure. They need to be properly inflated for possible extreme weather conditions, so you have the right amount of grip and sturdiness for the the road.
Test the battery
As the mornings start to get colder, it’s not uncommon to find that a flat battery means you can’t get your car started.
This is why testing the battery on a regular basis is crucial, so your car starts up immediately and you can get on your way and not be late for work. Keep a close check on the charge level, cables, and fluids of the battery to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Get the brakes serviced
There is nothing worse than driving in wet or icy conditions only to suddenly realize your brakes are not working as well as they should be. Not only does this put your own safety at risk, but it also risks the safety of passengers in the car and other road users.
As a general rule, getting the brakes serviced on your car at least once a year is very important. Make sure the service is carried out by a mechanic who is certified and experienced in this area.
Switching the oil
If you live in a part of the country that experiences extremely cold temperatures or harsh weather conditions then switching to a winter oil may be a good idea. Normal car oil is quite heavy, which causes it to thicken during cold weather and cause problems with your car.