Preparing your car for winter

If you want to carry on enjoying driving all year round, you need to think about preparing your car for winter. The following checks are easy to do and don’t require any special mechanical knowledge.

Check your levels

Without really thinking about it, we naturally prepare ourselves for winter. We put our summer clothes away and dig out our jumpers. We order logs for the fire or get the electric heater out of storage. We even change the sorts of food we eat. In fact, we do all we can to ensure that live carries on as normal, despite the drop in temperature.

The first step in preparing your car for winter is to check your oil, windscreen wiper fluid and water/engine coolant levels. Park your car on a flat, level surface and wait until the engine is cold.

The water/engine coolant level needs to be between the minimum and maximum lines on the gauge to stop your engine freezing or overheating. If you need to top it up, make sure you use the correct ratio of water to coolant/antifreeze.

With the windscreen wash, it’s as simple as checking the levels on the bottle, topping it up with water and screenwash additive and replacing the cap.

Don’t forget to check:

  • Oil levels
  • Windscreen washer fluid
  • Water/engine coolant
  • Tyres
  • Wiper blades
  • Lights
  • Battery strength
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