As we are in the midst of winter here in the United Kingdom, and the weather is progressively getting colder, the thoughts of many a motorist are turning to whether their cars are going to be able to cope with the harsh winter conditions with ease or not.
I personally drive a fairly old car (it’s about 15 years old) and I’ll be honest with you, I do wonder whether it is going to make it through another winter but so far I’ve not had any major issues yet – fingers crossed!
Anyone that has spent a considerable part of their life living in parts of Britain where there are more extremes in temperature than in other parts will perhaps be used to having to carry out all manner of preparations and checks in order to keep their cars fully functional in such conditions, but not everyone will be aware of what they need to do.
This results in scenes like the one in the photograph above, where motorists have to abandon their cars because they either won’t drive properly – or because the motorists in question don’t actually know how to drive in such conditions!
Here are some handy hints and tips for you to check out, to make your winter motoring experience as stress-free as possible!
Keep your battery in check
One of the most common complaints received by breakdown firms and garages across the UK is that people cannot start their cars due to flat batteries! Car batteries, just like ordinary household batteries, only last a certain number of charges before they start to fail.
It is a well-known fact among the motor industry that car batteries have charging and starting problems once they are four years old, so if your car’s battery is of such an age then you should consider getting it replaced with a new one.
Consider buying a car battery with a good amount of cold cranking amps (usually referred to as CCAs), as this will give you the best chance of starting your car’s engine in any kind of weather or temperature!
Renew your coolant
Car engines rely on coolant to keep an engine from overheating and to help you heat your car up when the weather is cold (coolant travels through a heater matrix – a little radiator of sorts – in the cabin of your car).
Like with all vital fluids your car needs to operate, its usefulness begins to deteriorate after a while, so you should ensure that your coolant is renewed at least every two years.
Get your car serviced
According to car sales specialists West London Motor Group, there is an increasing number of people that drive around cars that have had little to no maintenance during the year, and then complain when their cars do not function in winter!
At the very least, make sure that you have an oil and filter change done on your car every 6 months or 5,000 miles – whichever comes first.
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine, and after constant use it starts to lose its viscosity, meaning that it can’t effectively lubricate the delicate internal components of your engine like it could when the oil was fresh.