Get ready for the icy roads
As autumn arrives and the winter weather fast approaches, now is the perfect time to make sure your car is ready for the elements.
An oil change
Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle?
This service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right thickness for your vehicle at this time of year.
Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated.
Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures.
Make sure you can see
When was the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due.
Also check that your heater and defroster are working properly so you can keep the windshield nice and clear. Give your battery a little TLC
This is an ideal time of year to make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion-free and that your battery has all the water it needs.
If your battery is more than three years old, have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge. Granted, you might be able to find a Good Samaritan to help you jump-start your vehicle in the middle of a blizzard – but wouldn’t you rather avoid such a scenario altogether?
Check your tyre pressure
Your tyres must be properly inflated to ensure you’ll have the best possible traction as you drive along – and traction is often severely jeopardised in wet, snowy or icy conditions.
The air pressure in your tyres has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder.
Again, your trusty owner’s manual will tell you what your target tyre pressure should be.