Winter Checklist | How To Prepare Your Car For The Cold

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It feels like only last week that I was writing last year’s winter posts, giving advice about how to drive in the snow, and other such seasonal tit-bits of information. Now, however, the dark cold season is rolling around again, and most of the UK woke up to the job of scraping the ice off the car windows with a credit card, and attempting to warm the car up before they lose a finger to frostbite. So, with regret in my heart, I can only conclude that this means the time has come to make sure our cars (and ourselves) are all prepared for yet another bitterly cold winter.

  1. Stock Up Your Car
  2. You never know what will happen at winter. Your car could break down whilst it is -10 degrees out, or you could be trapped ina  very slow moving queue of traffic. You could even get lost. If this happens, it is a very good idea to have a small supply of essentials in the car to keep you going. What do you need? A torch, some food, blankets, an ice scraper, deicer, water, and perhaps even something like a shovel in case you somehow end up in a snow drift.

    emergency kit for your car in winter

    A Typical Emergency Supply Pack

  3. Beat the ice
  4. Getting up hours early to fight with a thick layer of ice on your car is never fun. If you fill the windscreen washers with a deicer and washer mix then the tubes won’t freeze, and it should make the job a lot easier. Prevention is a good idea too – wipe the screen with vinegar (three parts vinegar to one water) to prevent the ice forming in the first place, or use alcohol (two parts rubbing alcohol to one water).

    Deicer and screenwash kit for winter

    A De-Icing Kit

  5. Drive sensibly
  6. Nothing causes more accidents in winter than bad and unsafe driving. Make sure that you prepare your car to let you drive as well as possible, by changing the tires to more winter appropriate ones, as is the law in some EU countries. You can also make sure to apply snow chains if the weather gets awful, and always make sure to defrost thoroughly and clear your mirrors. Once this is done, it is up to you to drive as the weather demands.

    winter wheels for your car

    Typical Winter Wheels

There are, of course, plenty of other things to do for winter. Buy a car cover, or keep your beloved automobile in a garage – do all you can to keep the elements out. Don’t drive when it is icy out. However, for a start, the three main points will get you prepared for winter – and that in turn will make this season a hell of a lot easier to manage!

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Posted by admin   @   20 October 2010

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  • grytatoryTech

    Excellent read, I think it is the best device……
    grytatoryTech´s last blog post ..Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Station Wagon- First spy shots!

  • CarBuyersDirect

    This blog is very nice and informative. It is pretty hard task but your post and experience serve and teach me how to handle and make it more simple and manageable. Thanks for the tips. Really Cars, like the people who drive them, need a little extra attention when gearing up for winter. The weather patterns your vehicle is exposed to have a definite affect on its life span and function. Weather that regularly drops below zero on the Fahrenheit scale may even require special vehicular modifications, such as adding a plug to keep the engine block from freezing, and fluids that will remain fluid regardless of how cold it gets at night
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  • Car Warranty

    Some great advice here, if only more people would read it and listen to it.
    Unfortunately for every safe driver out there, there seems to be a handful of crazy ones.
    Everyone please remember that no matter how much of a good driver you are, there are a lot of other unpredictable people out there.

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