6 Tips for Driving Safely in Winter

Driving on colder days in the country can be a tricky task. For this reason, it is not recommended to wait for the relentless winter days to review the matter of what needs to be done for the car to withstand the coldest days.

Hopefully, your local authority will work hard to spread salt or grit on the roads – some may even go for waterproof options when it comes to their equipment so that they can use it regardless of the weather outside.

It just happens that the car, in the face of low temperatures, won’t work the same way it does in times of heat. And without due service problems can occur with the engine and other components.

But a few simple measures and tips may help you to make sure you are driving safely this winter. Let’s go to them, from the most basic to the most complicated.

Check Your Tires

Unless you live in the higher areas, it won’t be worth considering a set of winter tyres.

However, there is important care that doesn’t even cost any money, such as keeping the right tyre pressure. If you are thinking of making a few changes to your car, it’s always to look for a bespoke service from companies such as Fenland Auto Detailing.

Check the lights

Winter is not always synonymous with cold and rain. You can face some foggy days, covering huge regions of grey and some darkness, requiring cars to have lights in place to compensate.

However, it is not to be left by the front and rear headlights: it is advisable to confirm all other lights, from the blinkers to the reverse gear. Don’t forget the fog lights that can turn out to be so useful.

Replace the Wiper Brushes

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During the summer, exposure to the sun ended up damaging the rubbers of the windshield wipers, which makes it necessary to change them frequently.Investing in a professional car diagnostic tool is always a great way of preventing serious mechanical issues.

They may even seem in good condition, but during heavy rain, we will understand that they no longer perform their function competently, which will make visibility difficult and impair safety – both ours and that of other road users.

For this reason, it is extremely important to replace the wiper brushes before winter arrives.

Keep the Tank Full

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Winter is notorious for bringing a lot of problems related to car maintenance. You don’t need to spend lots of money on it. However, a deposit in the reserve can make it difficult to start up on colder mornings. Therefore, the idea is to always keep the level above half.

Attention to the battery

The cold will require more of all the car’s electrical systems and consequently weigh more on the battery.

It is therefore advisable to be careful and not leave the car too long without working. Regular maintenance is required, anyway. So, it is better to prevent than remorse.

Change engine oil

You may not have to do it right now. But as temperatures drop, the oil will become thicker and may be less efficient in its mission to lubricate the engine and various components.

So, If this happens, the probability of the engine heating up increases under the penalty of problems with the mechanics – earlier than later.

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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