7 Top Tips For Winter-Proofing Your Car

Winter is approaching fast. Of all the seasons, winter requires the most care and preparation, when it comes to your car, to ensure you can stay safe and avoid a breakdown. Your car copes differently in the cold weather, and so it is important to take precautionary measures to make sure that you don't get stranded in the bitter cold this winter. By taking these measure now, you can keep your insurance and maintenance costs low throughout the year.

At Blade Group, we have produced this useful info-graphic that details seven simple steps to help you winter-proof your car. For some information on our aftersales support, then get in touch now.

1 Change Your Oil

Start under your bonnet - Change your car's oil regularly and ensure that the oil has the right viscosity for you vehicle. Oil tents to get thicker during colder months, which means it will less effectively lubricate your engine.

2. Check Coolant Levels

A cracked or frozen engine block will be costly to repair, whereas antifreeze costs only a few pounds. Make sure that your car is topped up with a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water fro winter

3. Check Your Tyre & Tread Pressure

Check your tread depth and tyre pressures. For winter driving, experts recommend a minimum of 3mm of depth. Consider winter tyres, as these are designed to cope with ice and snow and are particularly useful for those that live in more remote areas.

4. Check Your Battery

The most common cause of breakdown is battery faults. Car batteries have to work harder in cold weather. if there's any sign of it struggling to start the car and the batter more than five years old, get it replaced.

5. Check The Health Of Your Wiper Blades

Squeaking wipers might be down to damaged blades. Healthy looking and sounding blades can be cleaned with a cloth soaked with diluted methylated spirit or vinegar. Next, top up your screen wash, remembering that the more concentrated the mix, the less likely it is to freezer.

6. Stock up on De-Icer

Keep de-icer and a scraper, at the ready. Don't pour hot water on an icy windscreen - it will crack! Other handy essentials worth keeping in the boot include a torch and a blanket, for use in emergencies.

7. Inspect Your Lights

Ensure that lenses are clean and all bulbs are working correctly. Keep lights snow-free and use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. You can also use the front or rear fog light, but only in very poor conditions, as they can obscure your brake lights and dazzle fellow road users otherwise.