As the temperatures plummet; you can avoid a whole host of motoring problems by getting your car serviced to ensure it is fit for winter driving.
A service ensures your fluids are topped up
Antifreeze is an essential fluid which keeps the engine lubricated, even when the atmosphere is very cold. It prevents water from freezing and in doing so protects your engine from sustaining damage. At a time of year when lots of us have to de-ice our cars before setting off in the morning, screen wash is another essential. This too will be checked during a service to make sure your car has a good supply for cleaning the windscreen. A smeared, icy windscreen is a huge hazard as it provides minimal visibility on the roads. Plus, without screen wash that is suitable for colder weather, your washer jets could potentially freeze over, leaving you with no way of cleaning your windscreen whilst driving.
Cold weather can kill your battery
As winter takes hold, the effect on your car battery can be significant. The cold leaves it with a reduced level of output, at a time when the lights and heater are more frequently used. This extra strain can lead to breakdowns and failures to start, especially in batteries that are over five years old. A specialist can establish how healthy your battery is and let you know if it needs replacing before you experience any problems.
Visibility needs to be optimised
From your rear reflectors to your headlights and indicators, your lights are going to be used even more frequently between autumn and spring, so it’s vital that they are up to the task. If any bulbs have blown or any lenses have sustained damage, now is the time to get them repaired or replaced. As part of a service, the fog lights will also be tested, so on the rare occasions that you need them, they won’t let you down.
Replacing your summer tyres
When your tyres are not in good condition it can affect your ability to steer and break, even when the roads are not icy. In the UK, the minimum recommended depth is 3mm in the colder months compared to the legal limit of 1.6mm, but rather than buying standard replacements, you could also change to winter tyres for a more reliable grip. They are specially designed to work in temperatures below seven degrees when snow and ice become a problem. In many countries they are mandatory, as the different treads and fine grooves enable them to traverse slush and water smoothly. This can help you avoid the kind of injuries and accidents associated with winter driving, but many people are either not aware of winter tyres or believe they are unaffordable.
Finding cheaper tyres
If you want to stay safe in the cold and you need a reasonable quote for winter types we can help. Just visit Jet Wheel Tyre for a wide selection of cheap tyres to suit all budgets and vehicles.