Maintaining your car in the winter
Tyres are an essential component for winter safety. But there are others that need to be monitored. Here is a checklist for peace of mind.
- In winter, windows get dirty very quickly. Check the condition of the wipers and, if necessary, have them replaced. Fill up on antifreeze windscreen wash.
- In the evening, cover the windshield with cardboard or rub it inside and out with newspaper to prevent the formation of frost. Remember to lift your wipers off the windshield.
- Place a window scraper and a defrost spray for the windows in your car.
- The cooling system must contain enough antifreeze.
- Check that the viscosity rating of your engine oil is appropriate, as in cold weather it tends to densify.
- Monitor the condition of your battery, low temperatures may reduce its power.
- Check your lighting. A defective lamp or fuse may have serious consequences in the heart of the winter.
- The rubber seals on the doors may stick due to frost. To prevent this, you can protect them with talc.
- Do not put the handbrake on, but leave the car in gear. The handbrake may stick due to frost.
- Regularly wash your car to protect it against road salt, especially corrosive for the chassis, body and the tyres.
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