Top Tips for Winter Car Care

Wednesday, 04 December 2013

With forecasters predicting the "most severe" winter since 1947, this year it's particularly important for us to not only take care of ourselves - but also to keep careful watch on the health of our cars. Plummeting temperatures and snowfall are expected over the coming weeks, so with that in mind, here are our top tips for caring for your motor this winter:

Check your windscreen wipers. These can easily become ragged with regular use, so check them for signs of wear and tear - replacements can cost as little as £8.49 in high street stores like Halfords, and take just 10 minutes to fit. Remember to clear any ice from your windscreen with a scraper before switching on your wipers, and keep your screenwash (preferably with anti-freeze) topped up to combat the dirt thrown up from grit.

Check your tyre tread. When it’s icy underfoot, most of us wouldn't dream of venturing out without a sturdy pair of boots with good grip - yet few of us check our tyre tread regularly. With a shallow tread, less water and snow can be dispersed from under your wheel, leading to loss of traction. Experts recommend an ideal tread of 3mm for winter driving – the legal depth is 1.6mm, but as road conditions worsen, it's best to play it safe to minimise the risk of accidents and avoidable claims on your car cover.

Recharge your battery. Having a flat battery is one of the most common reasons for needing breakdown assistance, with breakdowns often occurring during the festive period (particularly in the week between Christmas and New Year) when drivers tend to use their cars less frequently. To stop your car from suffering a post-Christmas slump, always double-check that you’ve turned off your lights at the end of every journey. If your battery is more than 5 years old, consider replacing it before winter sets in.

If you do need breakdown assistance over the festive period, Swiftcover can help. Our car insurance allows you to buy breakdown cover as an optional extra, with a variety of packages ranging from basic Roadside assistance to European cover for driving abroad.


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