If you are one of those who haven’t prepared your car for winter and winter conditions yet, it’s time to take care of it because by caring for your car you are taking care of your safety as well.
Here is a brief overview of the 9 things you need to do to prepare your car for winter time
- Winter tires
During snowy weather/storm one of the main causes of traffic accidents is the use of inadequate tires, whether summer or so-called. universal – which is the reason of so many traffic jams. Summer tires lose their elasticity at temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius. Then they lose their ability to attach to the substrate and therefore the car becomes more or even too slippery. These are the reasons why you should put winter tires on, and summer tires will last longer if you use them during the time they are intended for. However, you should keep in mind the following values for the all-season tires: The tire hubs can’t be under 4mm because such tires are better fitted and also better manageable on snow and ice.
- Tire chains
You always have to have them in the car during winter, especially if you are going for a longer trip. You never know what kind of weather you’ll be involved in. In order to buy the appropriate chains, you should first check the dimensions of your tires. If you use all-season tires, chains are an absolute must. Most people haven’t set up chains so far, so it would be useful to at least try to put them on once, just to be ready for the scenario when you’ll need to put them as quickly as possible, especially if you are traveling a lot.
- Windscreen and lock defrosting menas
You’ve probably been in a situation when you’re in a hurry to get to work, and the windscreen is blurred or “clamped” with snow and ice. Don’t water it with hot water, as temperature difference will result in either complete cracking or tiny cracks in the glass. Buy a 3 in 1 glass defrosting liquid instead. Apply it on your windscreen before the temperature gets below 0, and it won’t frost. You can use it to deflate the lock as well, or to facilitate the opening of the frozen door handle.
Make your life easier, don’t be late for work.
If you don’t garage the car, it is preferable that the rubber seal gaskets are covered with a protective agent before the low temperatures occur, since there will be no risk of rubber damage when opening or closing the door. At low temperatures, the rubber around the door and the trunk loses much elasticity, so when we close the door in a hurry, the gasket can crack.
Cooling system is one of the most important components in the engine operation, so it is very important to check the antifreeze status. The lack of antifreeze or its poor concentration can cause fluid freezing in the engine block at low temperatures, resulting in its cracking. The average life of an antifreeze is about three years. It is necessary to check the density of the refrigerant fluid (antifreeze) before low temperatures occur. Pouring additional water into the system is a classical mistake which for some reason happens during the summer, and then we just frget about it. If the fluid is too diluted, big and expensive damage cann occur to the engine at low temperatures. Interestingly, therefore, at low temperatures, the engines may overheat.
The reason is that there is no fluid circulation due to the freezing of the refrigerator.
It is therefore best to check the properties of the antifreeze. You can do this by purchasing an antifreeze meter or by requesting a service to check it out.
- Coat the body of your car with wax
During winter, the roads are sprinkled with salt to reduce the possibility of skidding. But no matter how good that salt is for the ride, it is bad for lime and paint, because it can damage them, so it would be useful to coat the body of the car with wax, and to wash the car’s undercarriage more often during winter, possibly at a manual carwash.
- Windscreen wipers and liquid
Windscreen wiper blades can often be ignored by drivers, but this is one of the most important parts since the safety of your ride depends on the field of vision. Check them thoroughly because if they have any cracks they should be replaced. It is also important to replace the windscreen washer with a winter version which has a lower freezing temperature during winter. Don’t think that by using a winter windscreen washer you have a solution if the vehicle freezes overnight. It will cost you, because the existing taps will make ”cuts” on the ice that covers your windscreen. Use professional tools.
As us, drivers, cars dislike mornings as well, because that’s when temperature is usually the lowest. Unprepared drivers usually become aware of it only when they are late for work because they have failed to start their car. The most common cause is the battery, but the real reason is the alternator or the faulty cables.
Given that not many of us have the tools needed – as well as the knowledge- we recommend a visit to an expert who will do the necessary check-up. This is the best way to avoid nervosity, losing time, but also the cost of later repairs, which is usually several times higher than the price of a preventive check-up. In addition to requiring battery testing and cleansing the klema, check the cables, to see if they are all well-sealed, and firmly in place or might be damaged somewhere. The average battery life is about 5 years. After that, they slowly lose their properties, and during the winter, more power is required to start the engine. Don’t get yourself in a situation where need to call a cab or a pickup service that will be happy to lend you the kleme – but it will be charged as well. Check the battery voltage.
- Ice scrapers
Nowadays,you can find cheap ice scrapers in every store. Some of them have a glove in addition, if you are wormhole, but you can also buy those double ones that have two instalments, fist one with a scraper and a second one with a brush, so you can sweep the snow off your car. If you don’t clean the snow, you could be charged with a 700 kn fine, or a 1000 kuna fine, if the snow from your car falls on the road, because by the Road Traffic Safety Act, it is prohibited to apply substances that could hinder traffic or jeopardize traffic safety to the road. If you drive with a snow cover on the roof, and the police officer sees you, you will probably be punished because you directly jeopardize the field of vision of those driving behind you.
- Car tarpaulins
If you don’t have a garage, it would be useful to buy a tarpaulin that will protect your car from winter conditions, and cleaning the snow from it will be easier and faster as well.