Winter is Coming – Prepare your vehicle for the cold!

“Brace yourselves. Winter is coming!”

Temperatures are dropping across South Africa, signalling that winter is coming. Most people will ensure that they are protected from the cold, however, many forget about their vehicles! These valuable assets also need some protection against the elements at this time of the year.

Get your vehicle winter-ready by following some of our tips so that you’re not left stranded during the colder months.

  1. Check your vehicle’s fluids: Keep in mind that cold temperatures can impact oil viscosity. Ask a petrol attendant to check your oil and water levels next time you fill up at the petrol station. 

Be sure to use only distilled water. Avoid overfilling and clean any oil spillage.

  1. Check the battery: Your vehicle battery can be affected by a drop in temperatures because of the increased amps drawn by the starter when starting a cold engine.  Before your trip, turn the ignition and let the alternator charge the battery for a few seconds before switching on the headlights or the radio.   It is recommended that you replace your battery every 3-5 years, depending on your diving behaviour.  Have your battery checked by a specialist if you are unsure about the condition of the battery.  
  1. Check your tyres: Always ensure that your tyres are in a good condition, and not worn or damaged. Worn tyres are dangerous, especially in colder, icy weather.  Keep tyres inflated to the correct pressure, and this will help ensure optimal road holding and tyre life.
  1. Check your vehicle’s windscreen & wipers: Do not use warm water to melt the layer of ice on your windscreen, as your windscreen may crack. Instead, use a scraper (or an old credit card) to remove the ice.  Avoid using the windscreen sprayers when driving in cold conditions, as the water from the reservoir will freeze onto the windscreen, and the wipers will not be able to clear the ice.  If possible, park your vehicle undercover at night to ensure your windscreen remains clear the next morning.

We hope these tips will help you get your vehicle prepared for winter.

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