Caring for your car in winter


Road safety week 2022 is taking place from November 14th-20th. This year’s theme is ‘safe roads for all,’ a sentiment that is always important, but particularly so in winter. The bottom line is cars need extra care in the winter to keep them running smoothly and safely.

Here are the key things for motorists to consider this winter.

Winter car care


As the weather turns, wet and snowy conditions can be a nightmare for maintaining traction, so checking the tread on your tyres is vital. An easy way to check your tyre tread depth is the old 20p coin trick, which you probably already know! If your tyres aren’t up to scratch, make sure you get them replaced before you go on any journeys.

Fluid levels

Make sure you check all your fluid levels and ensure your anti-freeze is topped up at the correct concentration, before the colder temperatures arrive.

It is also important to check your engine oil. Winter appropriate motor oils are indicated by a W in their SAE rating – they flow more freely in cold weather due to their lower viscosity, keeping your engine happy and keeping you on the move.

Battery care

There’s a chance that over the winter, your car may be left standing for longer than usual. If you leave your car for too long without giving it a run, you could find yourself with a flat battery – especially if you have an older vehicle. If your car is going into storage in the winter, it may be wise to invest in a battery conditioner to keep the charge up whilst it’s not being driven. The best way to avoid a flat battery is giving your car a longer drive when you can, to give it a fair chance to charge itself up. This is better than lots of small journeys with the heater, headlights and radio blasting which can end up doing more harm than good for your battery.

Emergency kit

Rapidly changing winter weather conditions can find you stuck on the motorway or broken down with little to no warning – taking the time to pop an emergency kit in your boot can save your morale, and maybe even your life should this happen to you.

A good emergency kit for the winter should include a blanket, some long-life snacks (such as cereal bars), a small can of fuel, jump leads, and some water at a minimum. High-vis vests or jackets and torches are a good idea too. If you’re driving abroad, there might be other items you’re legally required to carry, so be sure to check.

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Other considerations

Wipers and rubbers

Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition and not deteriorating. Replace them if they’re starting to wear out.

Clean cars are happy cars

Road salt can wreak havoc with the undercarriage of your vehicle. If you have been driving on roads treated with salt or through lots of puddles, a thorough clean and dry will protect your car from rust and corrosion.

Staying secure

Dark, wintry nights are the perfect conditions for thieves to operate, so make sure you’re storing your car safely. A garage fitted with an alarm and floodlight is your best option if it is available to you. Consider a Skytag GPS Tracker as an extra precaution, to aid with vehicle recovery should you fall victim to theft.

Driving conditions

By changing the way you drive, you’re doing your bit to ensure you keep yourself and other drives safe. Before you set off make sure to allow extra time for journeys, wear dry shoes, and fully clear and de-fog your windscreen. When you’re driving, pulling away in second gear if it’s slippery and braking gently will minimise the risk of skids and spinning.

Last but certainly not least, make sure your insurance is up-to-date and covers everything you’re planning to do with your car this winter. For more information, contact our team below or give us a call on 0121 248 9440

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