Winter Vehicle Health Check

Winter Vehicle Health Check

It’s not much fun when the clocks go back, except the extra hour in bed you get, but those who have children don’t even get that!

It’s been a while since I have blogged and having had child number 2, I have climbed the ranks of parenthood and certainly did not get an extra hour in bed!

With a 5 year old and 2 year old, I am very aware of the the early dark evenings. My wife finishes work and collects Anthony from school and Joanna from nursery and has to travel back home in the dark. I don’t like it, and I am sure there are other Dad’s out there like me, who want to make sure that if their loved ones are traveling in the dark, the car had better be tip top for any winter weather troubles.

So please read on as I am going to give you a useful winter health check list for your car, so that you can make sure you or your family members are prepared, and I hear its going to be a tough winter this year.

Okay, so here are a few things you can check for yourself that does not require any mechanical knowledge:

1 – Check the condition of your tyres including the spare.

2 – Check the condition of your windscreen wiper blades.

3 – Check the level of your windscreen washer fluid. In most cars the bottle can be found in the engine bay.

4 – Make sure all the lights are working correctly and that the light covers are clean.

5 – Salt gets sprayed over the roads when its icy, which is a main cause of rust. So if you have any scratches in the bodywork that has gone through to the paint. Get it repaired or at least layer with thick polish.

6 – Check your windscreen for any chips or cracks that would get worse under freezing conditions.

Whilst these are a few things you can check, you should seek professional help to ensure your car is ready for winter, such as topping up anti-freeze and the condition of your brakes and fuel lines.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the above or if you are in need of a winter service.

Keep warm, drive safely!

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  • Moiz Adamjee
    30/11/2016, 12:00 am REPLY

    One very useful tip for windscreen wipers is vinegar.
    If your blades are squeaking, don’t immediately run out for new blades. Many times, it’s just some grime/grit on your blades. Kitchen towel and some vinegar….wipe the rubber section of the blades and prepare to be amazed!

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