With the days getting colder and the seasons changing, it’s time to start ensuring that your care is in tip top shape for winter, but how many people actually do this and what is there to do?

The same way your car goes through a MOT it should be checked as the weather changes to make sure you and your family are safe. The top things we suggest for your winter car check are:

Replace your wipers

Whether it’s just the blade or the whole arm, it is fundamental that you have fully operational windscreen wipers. Unclean wipers or those in bad repair don’t properly clear water from the windshield and can easily distort your view.

Check and replace your mats

Worn or threadbare mats are not only unsightly in a car, they also don’t serve a purpose. During the winter while there is a lot more rain you need to be able to scuff the soles of your shoes on your mat to ensure your feet don’t slip off the pedals.

Check your tires and tire pressure

Bald tires – those without grip –reduce your traction on wet roads dramatically, and mean you are more likely to hydroplane. When driving through a puddle the water is displaced and needs to move elsewhere – usually within the tread of your tires. Without this you end up riding on a layer of water – known as hydroplaning.

Repair any rust spots

In the event that you do get a rust spot on your car, from a crash or gravel scratching your paint work, it’s imperative you get these solved before winter sets in and it has chance to get worse. If you’re quite handy and like to do things yourself there are tutorials online of how to complete this, or you can take your car to your local dealer and they will be able to fix this for you.

If possible during the winter your car should be stored in a garage to help avoid damage caused by sudden temperature drops, heavy rain and unusual weather conditions – although if this isn’t a possibility, there are other options available in the form of car covers. These range from frost shields for the windscreen, car caps to cover all the windows and tarpaulins to cover the entire car; it just depends on which areas of your car you want to protect from the elements.

Stephen Jury


October 8, 2012