Cranking Up The Cold, Top Tips To Prepare Your Car
The cold weather is right around the corner and it’s time to make sure you have your car ready to face anything the weather has to throw at you, from sleet and snow to deep frost. There are some things that all car owners should have with them ready to do battle with winter or take up the mountain on their skiing retreat.
We take a look at how to prepare yourself and your car for any cold snap.
It’s not always necessary to change to winter tyres if you don’t plan on going anywhere with excessive snow or ice. Indeed, the change can be costly and ultimately not particularly useful. However, if you are heading up for a week’s skiing or live somewhere with a lot of snowfall, here’s why winter tyres help: their softer material and different tread patterns allow them to grip the surface more easily, even if that surface is snowy. They even work better in the rain and especially at colder temperatures, think sub 7 degrees.
They differ from studded tyres that are generally considered more for off road vehicles but you can customize them to bring about even more grip with snow chains.
Get A Service
For many of us, with very little in the way of car knowledge it’s time to get a service to prepare for any extreme changes in temperature. If you have a mechanic that you trust take your car straight to them or head to the web and straight to your car’s maker to book a Mercedes service or MOT Test online, for example.
Having a professional giving it the once over will go a long way in putting your mind at rest and spotting anything that an amateur eye might not have seen.
This means loading your boot with snow shovels, spare boots, warm clothes, snacks and drinks. Not necessary perhaps if you’re just popping to the shops but if you’re heading further afield, definitely worth preparing for the worst.
If you have no idea how to change a tyre then make sure you’re covered by a roadside vehicle rescue organisation or at the very least have the number for a local breakdown recovery service.
Carry Out Checks
Any car expert or lifestyle blogger worth their salt will tell you to do the checks first, before it’s too late. Check oil, water and tyre pressure and you’re nearly good to go.
It goes without saying that you should top up petrol too, avoiding the embarrassment of having to call someone out to come and bring you a can of juice.
Whether you’re hitting the slopes or just preparing for a long, cold winter now’s the time to get your car in tip-top shape and ready for whatever the weather can throw at it. You could, of course, just skip going out altogether and opt to curl up on the sofa with a large mug of hot chocolate and let the winter weather do its worst.