Now that winter is here, you need to take extra special care of your car. This is the time of year when salt is spread on the roads and when black ice can cause havoc. It’s the time of year when snow and frost can stay on cars for days, and when, if you were to get stuck outside because your car broke down, you would potentially become very unwell. And you would certainly be very unhappy.
So you’re going to want to make sure your car is protected in the winter at all costs, and although this will take some extra work, it will be worth it when the spring comes around and your car is in perfect condition. Here are some things you can do to protect your car from the worst that winter has to throw at you.
Use A Carport
Storing your car away in a carport or garage when you’re not using it is a great way to keep it protected during the winter. In this way, you can ensure that it is protected from the worst of the elements and therefore the engine won’t have any troubles.
In addition to this, storing the car inside means that, when you want to use it, you don’t have to scrape ice from the windows or wait for a long time for the windows to clear when they get foggy. You’ll be ready to go right away and that means being out in the cold for longer.
Keep It Clean
It may sound strange to say that keeping your car clean during the winter will protect it, but it’s true. When you think of all the salt and grit that is used on the roads, and how much of that will get onto the paintwork of your car, you’ll see how cleaning the vehicle is going to be the best thing you can do. You’ll be washing away all the impurities that will be sitting there and that might be damaging your paintwork.
Don’t forget to wash the undercarriage too. This can easily be missed, but it’s likely to be where the majority of the salt and other toxins are accumulating and this is where rust can form. If you can’t do this job yourself, take the car to a professional and have a thorough clean carried out.
If you can’t find the time to clean your car completely, at least remove the wet leaves that might have landed on it. The leaves can contain toxins and salt just like everything else, and they can damage the paintwork, so removing any that have landed overnight is a great idea for protecting your vehicle.
If your car sits and does nothing over the winter months, you might find that some parts of the engine seize and that the brakes aren’t as good as you would want them to be when you start to use it again.
To ensure that the car continues to work in the right way, take it out for a drive once a week or so. Even if you have nowhere particular to go, the engine will have turned over and the car will have moved, and that’s a good way to keep everything protected.