Plummeting temperatures and icy conditions can be a recipe for disaster if you don’t properly prepare your car or truck to take on these harsh environments. Follow our expert tips on how to prepare a car for winter.
The importance of checking your tyres in preparation for winter weather means keeping yourself safe from potentially dangerous situations. Examine the tread wear of your tyres, making sure they’re not thin or uneven, which can be very dangerous especially on icy roads. Check for any damage or abrasions on your sidewalls, as any sort of weak spots can run the risk of causing your tyres collapsing in harsh conditions. Always continue to check the air pressure as well, even ahead of the winter months, to make certain you’re getting the best mileage and traction. Apply our Wet N Black™ Tyre Dressing once your tyres are checked over and ready to go, to help protect against months of winter conditions.
Before winter arrives, it’s always a good idea to give your vehicle a thorough wax to protect and repel against rust and oxidation caused by snow, ice, and salted roads.
Start by washing your car with our Quick and Easy Zip Wax® Car Wash & Wax, concentrating on the lower areas that are most likely to hold on to snow, ice and salt. Focus on the tyres, quarter panels, and front grille. Follow with our Carnauba Car Wax to add the protection against damage from these elements.
Staying on top of checking your fluids is important to ensure your car runs properly during the winter months. For example, the windscreen wiper fluids you may have been using during the summer will need to be replaced with a wiper formula designed for freezing temperatures.
No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road in bitter cold weather with a car that won’t start. Change your oil ahead of the winter months, and to help with cold weather starting, use an engine and fuel additive.
The inside of your car can also benefit from a proper winter prep. Mud, slush, and snow is easily tracked into the interior and can leave behind stains on your upholstery and floor mats. You can help prevent this by using our Interior 1® Multi-Purpose Cleaner & Stain Remover. It’s also recommended that any water-based products inside closed containers aren’t left inside your car, as they can freeze and crack. Heavy, unnecessary items should also be removed to keep from lowering your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
Staying ahead of the severe winter weather with an emergency kit already prepared will have you ready when conditions become unpredictable. Store your kit in the boot, with a small first aid kit, a torch, warm blanket, gloves, shovel, and road flares. It’s also recommended to always have an ice scraper in your car for times when ice starts to build up on your windscreen.
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