Winter is upon us, and winter driving comes with it. While safety is an important consideration all year long, there are certainly some auto maintenance jobs and safety checks that are specific to chilled air and winter driving that are a good idea to check into before we’re knee deep in the season. These winter maintenance jobs will keep you out of trouble:
Check your antifreeze: Your car contains a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50. Many service stations and repair centers will check this mixture free, or you can buy a tester for around €5.
Inspect your tyres: Winter is not the time to get cheap about your tyres, so take the time to check the tread depth. You need at least 2/32” of depth to be safe. Anything less than 4/32” (1/8”) should be replaced soon. The matchhead test is as reliable as anything to find out whether your treads are ready for winter action. If the head of a match is visible when inserted in the tread it’s time to replace your tyres. Also, be sure to check your tyre pressure.
Replace your wipers: Make sure your wipers are in top shape to keep your windshield clean and safe.
Check your windshield washer fluid: You’ll be using lots of washer fluid as you try to keep your windshield sparkly. Don’t fill your washer fluid reservoir with anything except washer fluid, it won’t freeze!
Clean your battery posts: Starting problems are a bummer any time of year. Regularly treating your battery to a cleaning can keep electrical gremlins at bay.
Inspect your brakes: Brakes are not a good area to cut corners. Be sure your brakes have enough lining left to get you through the season.
Check Your Engine Oil: This should go without saying and should be done at least monthly.
Check your lights: No one likes to see an oncoming car without lights. Check all your park, headlights, indicator, number plate and brake light bulbs are working.