Winter proofing your car will keep you safe
Searching out your hat and gloves, switching up the central heating and tucking into some high-carb comfort food are all standard preparations for winter. But for those of us with cars, the change in the season also requires a serious safety check.
Statistics show that we’re twice as likely to have an accident in the winter with all that snow, ice and rain around. Making sure our cars are in tip top condition is one way of stacking the odds in our favour. On top of that, salt, grit and freezing temperatures can all take their toll, so giving your car the maintenance equivalent of a cup of hot cocoa and a cosy blanket will help it through winter’s rigours unscathed.
Taking your car to a dealer that specialises in particular makes is a sure fire way of getting things done properly. Cooper MINI, which has dealerships across the country, says this is the best way to get tailor-made, expert servicing as well as free winter checks and other maintenance advice. For your local Cooper MINI dealer, go to www.coopermini.co.uk.
At the moment, Cooper MINI is gearing up for the launch of the MINI Paceman in March 2013 and is expecting customers to be delighted with the sporty handling, contemporary lines and lounge-style interior of the latest addition to the MINI family. But dealerships don’t just sell cars. They also offer peace of mind when it comes to servicing and maintenance, because they can offer replacement parts that were made by the same people that built your car. On top of that, your car is seen by expert and highly skilled technicians specifically trained to understand a particular make.
Even so, Cooper MINI says there are some winter remedies that we can all do at home:
- Check your anti-freeze. It should be a 50/50 mix and should be filled to the maximum.
- Check your tyres. You may need to rotate them or buy new ones if the tread has worn. While you’re at it, check the tyre pressure too as they lose a little in cold weather.
- Check your wipers. Not only will they have to deal with heavy rain, sleet and snow, they will also have to clear your windscreen of all the muck, grit and debris that gets spewed up by the cars and lorries in front of you. Only wipers in tip top condition will be up to the job.
- Check your windscreen wash. You’ll be using it a lot, especially if you do a lot of dual carriageway or motorway driving. Do not be tempted to use water and washing up liquid – it will freeze.
- Check your brakes. You need optimum braking power to stop in hazardous conditions.
- Check your engine oil. Top it up and consider changing it completely if you haven’t done so for a while