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Let’s talk about preparing our car for the winter. Because car maintenance is important any time of the year. And if you do care about safety, preparing your car for the winter is actually very important and something that we all should pay attention to.
Nowadays, as long as you have the money, it’s easy to buy a car (new or used). And selling a car has gotten easy too. Even just researching cars is now within anyone’s reach. With websites like cars.com that help anyone and everyone find everything we need to know about cars, anyone can really do it.
However, if you want to maximize your car and use it more efficiently, you need to have it undergo regular car maintenance checks. And when you do want to sell it, chances are more people would buy it if it’s been well maintained.
On the other hand, if you don’t properly maintain you car, you might encounter problems while driving, you might not be able to use it, or worse, you’d get into accidents (which we don’t want).
So let me share with you our “Winter Car Checklist”. We use this to as our car maintenance checklist of sorts to prepare our car for the winter.
1. CHANGE TO Winter Tyres
For me, this is the most important thing to not only check but actually really do. In some countries (like Norway), it is required to use winter tyres during the winter (from Nov. 1 (or earlier, depends where you live or drive) to the first Monday after the second Easter day (or May 1).
So if you don’t want a hefty fine or get into accidents, better use specially designed winter tyres during this season. Winter tyres must have a tread depth of at least 3mm. Also remember to check the tyre pressure every now and then.
Because it is dark more often in the winter, it is important that you can see the road clearly and other motorists can see you. Make sure all your headlights and indicators are working properly. You can also keep spare bulbs in the car in case of emergencies.
In the winter, I almost always see people failing to get into their cars because their doors are frozen shut. To stop that from happening, use a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals. Or you can squirt WD-40 in the locks, that helps stop them from freezing too.
4. Check your antifreeze
As winter is the coldest time of the year, it is important that you check you car’s coolant level regularly. More importantly, use the correct type of antifreeze.
Car maintenance is synonymous to battery maintenance. In order to make sure that your battery won’t compromise the overall performance of your otherwise well-maintained car, have it checked (and replaced if necessary). One of the most common causes of winter breakdowns is battery failure so make sure yours won’t struggle in the winter.
If you undergo regular car maintenance checks, you can maximize your car, use it more efficiently, and you’ll be safer while driving in those snowy roads.
Let me know if there’s more we should add to our “Winter Car Checklist”. Comment below or let me know on Instagram (@carenshope).