Get ready for the icy roads

The Galloway News - - WINTER MOTORING -

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.

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