When the winter weather is cold and there are other poor weather conditions, it can mean that the number of breakdowns that occur on the roads can almost double. So if you are planning on driving home for the holidays, then here are some quick last minute fixes to make sure that you are not going to be another statistic on the roads. Some basic motor maintenance in winter can see you through until spring.
Check the Battery
When winter comes, checking the battery needs to be one of your first priorities. The cold temperatures can have a big impact on it’s output, as well as the increased number of times that you will be using the heater and lights. All of which can put the battery of your car under some strain. If your battery gets low, then you’d need the help of a jump start to get things started, or it may even need replacing. So check how it is sooner rather than later.
Top Up Antifreeze
The engine coolant on your car should be a mix of coolant and antifreeze. It can becomes diluted over time so topping up the antifreeze is a good idea, otherwise it can lead to the coolant getting frozen in the cold temperatures. That will lead to a rather larger auto repair bill if it causes the engine to overheat. So again, it is better to check it sooner rather than later.
Check Your Tires
When there is more water, snow, and ice on the roads, then it is only natural that you’ll need to check the condition of them. More steering and braking is likely in winter weather conditions, so it is essential to know that your tires are in good condition. You can even get specific tires for winter if that is a particular concern of yours, or you live in an area where the temperatures drop rapidly.
The days are shorter so you use your car lights longer. You want your brake lights to be working correctly, as well as your indicators. Having any of them out can be really dangerous, for you and others around you. Plus, if you do break down or need help, then you will want to make sure that your hazard lights (indicators) are working. Check fog lights and full beams too. If any bulbs are cracked or need replacing, then now is the time to do so.
Plan Your Travel
If your journey home for the holidays is going to be a long one, then it is a good idea to plan your travel. Check the route as well as the weather forecast. Make sure you have extra antifreeze with you, and that your car is warm and clear of ice before you head off on a journey too. Having a break down kit in your car can be a good idea as well. Include things like blankets, torches, scraper or shovel, deicer, food and water. It is better to be safe than sorry.