Just like that we are approaching the end of 2018 and with that comes the winter season. Every experienced driver will tell you that something changes in most driver during the winter and everyone’s driving is affected by it. To make sure that your car is ready for the worst the season has to offer, we have come up with a bunch of tips that might come in handy when driving home for Christmas this year.
There is nothing worse than being stranded in the middle of nowhere on a darn night. This is something that you should be doing when needed, but it is especially important in the winter months. You may need to change the type of oil you use altogether. If you are ever unsure as to what type or brand of oil, you should be using you can always refer to your owner’s manual.
The cold temperature means that your engine will need more current from the battery to start, so you want to make sure that the battery is functioning properly. The best way to test this is to turn on your headlight and then turn on your engine. If the light shine’s brighter when the engine is on, it means the battery may be dying.
Winter season can be especially difficult for your tyres and it might be a clever idea to invest in winter tyres. If you drive a lot all year round then winter tyres might be an excellent choice particularly in extreme conditions, then you can buy winter tyres with studs. If you do end up getting stranded remember you can call out a mobile tyre fitting team to patch or replace your tyres.
Streaks on your windshield can obstruct your vision, especially when you are driving into the glare of winter sunshine. You can replace your blades any time they’re cracked or torn, if they don’t clear the glass completely, or if they bump or chatter. The rubber eventually gets hard from exposure to the sun and other elements to it is only logical that you consider changing the blades at least twice a year.
After you have been through all the essential you should now make sure that in case anything happens during the trip you’ll be able to take care of yourself. You should have your cell phone and cell phone charger with you and emergency contacts stored. You should also have a first aid kit somewhere in the car as well as a blanket and water. Finally, it is not uncommon for car doors to freeze shut in the winter. You can use warm water if you have access to some or you can but a cheap de-icer on hand for emergencies.