Top 10 Winter Car Checks

It’s not always fun being a motorist in winter, so we need to make doubly sure that our vehicles are road-ready. To help with this, 1st Call Windscreens have put together a list of the 10 most important winter car checks.

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Get a winter service

First things first – get your car in for a service. Cold weather can cause a lot of problems for our vehicles, but most of them can be prevented if we get our vehicles serviced in good time.

Check your battery

Next in our list of winter car checks is to check your car’s battery – during winter your car’s battery is under double the strain. Firstly, the cold weather can severely limit battery life. Secondly, the increased usage of the lights, heater, and blower means that your battery is working overtime.

Top up engine coolant

Make sure that your engine coolant is topped up with antifreeze. The mix should be about 50/50. Be sure not to top it up with water too much over the winter, you’ll only end up with frozen coolant and a nasty repair bill.

Check your tyres in winter

When it comes to handling and traction, you need all the help you can get in the winter, so make sure that your tyres are in good shape. The main two checks: pressure and tread depth. We recommend at least 3mm in the tread depth department.

Clean your lights

You’re going to be using your lights a lot more in the winter, so it pays to make sure they will shine properly. Focus on your headlamps, but don’t neglect your indicators and rear reflectors. This is also a good time to check that your main beam is working properly.

Inspect your windscreen & wipers

Our favourite tip. Give your windscreen a thorough clean inside and out, and be sure to top up your windscreen washer fluid with antifreeze. If you notice any chips or cracks in your windscreen, give 1st Call Windscreens a call!

Once done, you can run a finger down your wiper blades to check for any rips or tears. If you need to replace your wipers, take a look at our guide.

Winter car checks - checking windscreen chips and wipers.

Check your breakdown cover

Breakdown cover is even more important in winter, so give yourself some peace of mind and check your policy.

Carry a survival kit

For everything else that winter can throw at you, carry a survival kit. The contents: shovel, torch, blanket, hi-vis, bottled water and emergency snacks.

With this, you are ready for a midnight breakdown in the middle of nowhere, or just a tailback on the way home from work. Ensuring you have a survival kit in your car is one of the most important winter car checks, and not one to be missed.

Check the forecast

The biggest cause of accidents and collisions in winter: icy roads. The best way to avoid these scenarios is to not get in your vehicle at all, or at least take the safest route. So, be sure to check the weather forecast on your phone before you leave.

Winter car check 10: your fuel gauge

Unknown to many, cold weather can cause you to burn through fuel much quicker than you would in the summer. With that in mind, always leave more fuel in your tank than you think you’ll need.

Winter car checks - windscreen with 'winter' written out of snow.

If you’ve run into windscreen problems this winter, don’t worry, we can help. Here at 1st Call Windscreens, we offer a first-class service repairing and replacing windscreens throughout Kent, and the surrounding areas; Maidstone, Gillingham, Sittingbourne, Chatham, Rochester and Medway Towns. So, if you are looking for a fast, efficient and cost-effective windscreen replacement service, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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