5 ways to get your car ready for winter

It might not be something we want, but regardless winter is happening. We should make steps to ensure our cars are ready for it

2y ago

Unfortunately we cannot stop winter from coming, that much is obvious. But what we as drivers can do is prepare our cars for the winter ahead, because lets be honest no one wants to have an accident and have to exchange details on a freezing cold morning before work.

1. Check your car battery

This one seems obvious, but could be an absolute life saver. Imagine you're driving around doing your Christmas shopping, you get back to your car ready to get those heaters on to warm up your toes and uh oh! You recognise that sinking feeling when the car won't start because you thought there was no point in checking your car battery.

It may be worth just popping into your local garage and requesting that he or she check that the battery is in good condition and fully charged. It may also be worth keeping some jump leads in the boot, just in case.

2. Check your lights and brakes

This might be something that most of you have already done at some point in the year, but in the winter it's even more important.

The with the getting shorter it's getting darker much quicker than usual, all of a sudden you're leaving work in the pitch black and sometimes in freezing temperatures. Try to take some time to double check that all of your lights are working properly and that your brakes are up to standard, you'll never know when you might need them.

3. Top up your Anti-freeze

The one thing you will definitely need in the colder temperatures is Anti-freeze. It is always a good idea to keep top up your radiator with some Anti-freeze, always go for the red one though as this one tends to last longer than the other colours.

4. Keep a winter survival kit in the boot

Now, some of will think that this is a silly idea. But hear me out.

Let's say you've broken down, it's snowing outside and the recovery company has told you to sit tight and wait for them to come and get you. But in saying this they forget to mention that you would wait for no less that three and a half hours (this actually happened to me last year).

As you sit there in your car getting colder and colder, you might wish that had prepared for such an event.

A survival kit could contain some blankets, a pair of some woolly socks, some long lasting biscuits in case you get a bit peckish and maybe even a couple of bottles of water.

5. Check what safety equipment is in your car already

Most cars these days are sold with a few essential items in the boot. Before you find yourself having broken down in the winter it's pretty important that you familiarise yourself with what you have.

You should make sure that you at least have a high visibility jacket, an orange warning triangle, some spare engine oil (of course check it is the right oil for your car) and you can never go wrong with having a little torch too just in case.

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Comments (5)

  • I live in Canada... we invented winter. You didn't mention what is probably the #1 thing: washer fluid. There is nothing worse than being spattered with road muck and not being able to wash it off... So you have to stop somewhere, go outside with the wipers running and throw snow on the windshield.

      2 years ago
  • *Battery

      2 years ago
  • A shovel, and those hand warmers!

      2 years ago
  • Crazy

      2 years ago
  • Absolutely check your battery. I've seen batteries go long before their warranties are up. Get a "booster pack". These small portable lithium batteries are brilliant. They also double as phone chargers, and some have flashlights. We've had some cold nights and I've already used my booster pack to start two neighbor's cars.

    I always have RainX De-Icer on hand. Not only does it speed up deicing windows and mirrors, it will free up a door that's frozen shut. I also use their De-Icer washer fluid.

    Lube your door seals! Wipe them down with silicone spray. It's cheaper than snapping off a door handle.

    Sand is inexpensive and handy for a bit of traction, both on the way to your car, and under it's tires. If it's really cold out, salt will melt the snow/ice and refreeze it-even smoother.

      2 years ago