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Winter car care tips – keeping your vehicle in top working condition in the cold

July, 2012

Chilly mornings, cool evenings, harsh winds and rainy days – yep, it’s well and truly winter time in Oz.

You mightn’t be surprised to learn that it’s not just us humans that often dislike the cold. And while Australia definitely doesn’t get anywhere near as cold as some other countries do in winter, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep your vehicle in top working condition for the remaining cold winter months.

Windscreen Wipers

Make sure your car’s windscreen wipers are in top working condition, as rainy winter days will be dangerous if you can’t see through your windshield properly. Worn windscreen wipers may leave streaks and marks on your windshield, so be sure to replace the blades. Replacement blades are fairly cheap to buy, and you can easily install them yourself.

Car batteries

Cold months are hard on car batteries. The colder temps mean that the car’s fluids are thicker, and hence the battery uses more power to heat everything up and get things moving. Conduct a check-up of your battery, and replace it if necessary. Posts and contact terminals should be spotless, with no signs of corrosion, and the battery shouldn’t be running low.

Sign up for roadside assistance

Nothing’s worse than breaking down in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a cold, stormy night. If your insurance doesn’t include roadside assistance, consider a policy that does offer this service. You’ll be thankful should the worst happen.

Preparing early

While we’re already half way through winter, keep this one in mind for next year. It’s always a good idea to prepare your car early, so a thorough clean, wax and polish of your car’s exterior will have it protected from rain, falling leaves and debris, and other stormy weather.

Headlights

Dark mornings and evenings are another dangerous hazard in winter, so even though it seems like an obvious one, make sure your headlights and tail lights are all working properly.

In addition to making sure your car is in tip top condition, take extra care to practice safe driving while out on the roads. Don’t drive too close to cars in front of you in dark, stormy or foggy weather (slippery roads and reduced visibility can be a recipe for disaster), and make sure your tyres are fully inflated with plenty of grip left in the rubber. Of course, regular car maintenance is the key to ensuring your car is in perfect working condition year-round.

Once your car is set for the cool weather, all that’s left to do is to pour yourself a nice hot coffee or thermos of soup to warm yourself up during those cold winter drives!

What are your top tips for keeping your car spick and span during the winter?

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