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The Importance of a Winter Service For Your Car

How Does the Cold Weather Affect Your Car? 

During cold months the temperature drops. This can have a big impact on your car. But how exactly does it affect your car?

The winter months, even non-extreme ones, can be incredibly harsh on your vehicle. As the temperature drops and there is increased rainfall driving becomes more hazardous. This is without factoring in frost, high-winds and snowfall. 

Although some people may have their car serviced regularly, a specific winter service check may be the most important factor that helps you stay on the road while driving. And getting off the driveway in the morning.

Keeping your car, motorbike, truck, or van in good working order thanks to regular car servicing is good advice at any time. But in the winter months… it’s vital. If your annual service or MOT is due in the winter months, then you’ll hopefully have a car service booked already. But if not, let’s take a look at why it’s so important:

Temperature Drop

When winter comes along, temperatures will undoubtedly plummet. This can have serious implications for your car. The fluids within the engine compartment can freeze (if not treated) or at the very least malfunction due to the cold. If your vehicle is running on normal tap water as a coolant, then be ready to replace components such as water pumps and so on, as starting the vehicle with solid ice within the system will cause excess strain. Leading to vital engine parts breaking. 

Forking out that additional £5 on specifically made engine coolant, or adhesives (anti-freeze) that lower the freezing point (and makes the boiling point of your coolant higher) will allow for your engine to run within correct operating temperatures and conditions that will help reduce maintenance costs in the long run.

Another thing to remember is if your vehicle’s engine is made out of aluminium, ensuring that proper coolant is added is a must! As conventional tap water will accelerate the build-up of corrosion, which can lead to engine issues.

Salt on the Roads

When the temperature drops this can lead to frost, and road surfaces freezing over.. This means you should see lots of salt and grit trucks deployed onto the British roads and motorways. Thanks to their efforts we can drive more safely on the roads during periods of snow and ice. However, one thing that is overlooked is the effect that salt has on your car:

Due to the salt’s corrosive properties, your vehicle can experience accelerated rust, corrosion, and other forms of deterioration. The best way to protect your car from deteriorating is by cleaning your vehicle thoroughly, this will ensure that the salt from the roads is washed off.

UK Snowy Roads

Car Safety Checks 

There are several other things that you can check to ensure that your car is ready to take on the conditions that the winter months will throw your way. Things like checking all your exterior lights are working, ensuring your tyres comply with road regulations, checking your battery is fully charged, inspecting your wiper-blades and topping up your car’s fluids (water, anti-freeze, window wash water, etc.) are simple enough for anyone to undertake.

Once your car is ready to tackle the winter months, there are still some items that are great to have with you, just in case. Where possible, carry warm clothing, boots (i.e. wellies), a torch (and spare batteries) and an ice-scraper somewhere in your car. As mechanically sound as your car may be, the winter has a way of bringing the unexpected. You never know what’s around the corner.

We hope that you find the information in this blog useful. If you wish to enquire about our car rental service, then feel free to fill in the enquiry form on our contact page or call us on 01865 715 500.

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