Here are a few tips for staying warm and keeping your cool on the roads this winter.
Love your tyres
These four little strips of rubber are the only thing keeping your pride and joy on the road, and your family safe, and yet we seldom spare them a second thought. If you do nothing else on this list, check your tyres today.
Keep your windows clean
I think we can all agree that visibility is important - not just through the windscreen ahead, but also through the side windows and via the back windscreen. Keep all your windows free from road grime on the outside and free from grubby fingerprints and other airborne muck on the inside with regular cleans. For best results use a window cleaner.
Light the way
We’ve all seen cars on the road with a headlight or tail-light out, but when was the last time you checked your own? Winter makes daily driving challenging enough thanks to wet roads, slower drivers and increased traffic, let alone doing it half-dark.
Make sure your headlights are working properly on low and high beam, and check your tail-lights and indicators to ensure other road users are receiving your warning signals. If you’ve got foglights and spotlights, check them too, but be careful to not blind other drivers.
Get your car serviced
Car companies spend billions of dollars engineering cars to work in temperatures ranging from -10 to 50 degrees Celsius, but a car’s engine and other oily bits are under more stress towards the limits of that range. Sluggish performance, rough idling, reluctant starts and pinging are all signs your car is not fighting fit for the winter frost. The best thing you as an owner can do is get your car serviced regularly to ensure all fluids and filters are in their prime.