A guide to maintaining the car during the colder months


September 19, 2020 By Mike
Last updated on September 19, 2020

When the weather starts to become a lot cooler, wetter and windier, it can cause problems for car owners. However, with a little bit of maintenance, you can help to get your motor through the worst of the winter weather. So, just how can you ensure that your car is ready before we say hello to the colder climate?

Keep an eye on your oil levels

If your vehicle is alarmingly low on oil, there’s a higher chance of you breaking down. This is something you certainly don’t want, especially if it’s freezing outside. If you need to top up, take a look in your owner’s handbook to check what type of oil you need to use, then fill it up between the minimum and maximum mark on your car’s dipstick.

Check your tyres to make sure the tread is still deep enough

While the legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm for cars, it’s recommended that you have at least 3mm of tread to help you grip slippery roads during the colder season. Don’t forget to keep your tyres inflated, too. If you are not sure what the correct pressure is for your car, you can refer to your owner’s handbook again.

Test your windscreen wipers to ensure they’re working efficiently

Your windscreen wipers are needed when you’re driving to clear any dirt or rain from the windscreen. During winter, they can often get frozen to the windscreen, so before turning them on, see if they’ll lift off the screen. If they’re not budging, you can use warm water or de-icer to free them.

Check all your lights are working

As the nights draw in quicker, it’s vital that all the lights on your car are working when you take it out in the evening. You need to be able to see, and other drivers need to be able to see you. Take a walk around your car before getting in to check they’re okay, clearing any dirt if necessary.

Take your car to a professional

Is your motor due a service? If so, get it booked in before winter so that it can continue to run safely and efficiently. While a full service – rather than a basic one – may cost a bit more, it’s worth assessing your finances to see if this is something you can opt for instead, as it will be a lot more thorough. The mechanic will check the brakes, fluid and safety-related features, change the engine oil, and take a good look at the suspension and wheel alignment, too.

Follow this guide to keep your car in good condition over winter.