Winters are seriously detrimental for automobiles, at times more than their owners realise. In the UK, given how many snowstorms we see each year, it is important that we carry out proper winterising. Simply put, winterising is technical jargon for making a car winter-ready, and ensuring that its various parts are ready to face plummeting mercury levels.
Making Your Car Winter-Ready
Winterising a vehicle involves assessing and fixing several internal and external parts. The principle regions you should pay special attention to are the following.
A fresh coat of paint and waxing
You cannot possibly overestimate how much sheen you add to your vehicle when you give it a fresh coat of paint, and add a waxing session too. Try and paint the car in its original colour. It is best to use a primer-coated paint. That way, the colour shines more clearly while eliminating any chances of rust. Wax adds a fine layer of extra shine to the car too. Paint resists cold better and prevents rusting too.
Dehumidifying a car involves taking a handheld vacuum cleaner to gather up all accumulated dirt and debris inside a car and then using a commercial dehumidifier to ensure there is no residual water vapour inside. Use the dehumidifier with care; never plug it in when the engine is off. Never run it off the battery. Use it carefully on the floor and inside the creases of the car seats.
3. Check the battery
Cold weather can literally kill your car batteries. If you see that the existing unit is in a bad shape, you should choose to equip a new Car Battery Malton. Else, recharge it and ensure it fits snugly inside the battery case. If you live around Malton, you can buy a new battery from Terry Elsey Tyres. They also provide MOT testing, wheel balancing and alignment, and sell various OEM parts for various cars.
4. Check tyres
A simple visual inspection of your car’s tyres will do. Remove any noticeable debris that might be visible on the surface, like nails and metal particulates. If the tread depth is below 1.6mm, something your local garage service can ascertain, you can choose to either retread those wheels, or buy new Tyres Malton. Either way, proper tyres will help you have a better grip of the surface. For best results, always use winter tyres from the best brands. Remember that all-season tyres are not ideal during the harsh winter months.
5. Keep an emergency kit
An emergency kit comes in handy when you are driving over long distances in winter. It can consist of such basic items as a flashlight with spare cells, jumper cables, battery blankets, some dry food and water and a map of the whereabouts. If possible, keep your nearest car garage’s address and contact details on you at all times.
Following these 5 steps will help both you and your vehicle face the winter better equipped. Never over speed on snowy roads and always obey traffic rules.