Preparing for winter driving

Few people look forward to the hazards and hassles of winter driving, but the good news is that it’s often possible to both protect your car and its passengers by just keeping a few points in mind and doing some of the necessary preparations before the seasons change. Here’s how to prepare for the transition from autumn to winter driving without breaking one’s budget.

First of all, keep in mind that the biggest hazard to your car isn’t going to be what falls from the sky but what’s applied to the ground to keep it from sticking: salt. Salt is probably the most dangerous chemical to the average car in any season, but it becomes a particularly worrisome threat during the winter months. This is because salt leads to corrosion, and corrosion leads to the damage and destruction of your car year round, not just in the winter.

While it’s not possible in most cases to keep your car out of the salt filled roadways throughout the winter season, it is possible to keep the salt off your car with prompt washing on a frequent basis. A hand car wash might not sound like an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, but if such a car wash includes a high pressure hose, it can offer a surprisingly effective tool against the ravages of winter road salt.

Another option might be to purchase a small head attachment if you have a hose pipe in your shed at home, and use that to flush out the underparts of your vehicle as well as you can. It is a good idea to flush out your vehicle’s undersides as frequently as you can during the winter season, as this is when salt is most present and likely to do the most damage. There are certainly other things you would rather be doing during winter, such as having a sip of tea indoors while the snow falls outside, but this strategy will pay off over time.

The other major part of preparing for winter driving is watching out for your wheels and tyres, as these will take the brunt of the winter weather with every drive you take. It is a simple fact that your car’s tyres are put under more stress during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean they have to suffer damage every time you brave the winter motorway.

Rather, consider using a high quality tyre dressing so your tyres not only stay in good physical appearance no matter the weather, but they also stay protected against ozone and the harsh winter elements. Ozone protection is key as this tends to cause slow deterioration in rubber, which is what your tyres are made of.

Besides the wheels and tyres, also take a look at your wind screen wipers. You’ll want to make sure the rubber blades are in good condition before the rain and snow start to fall, as it won’t do you much good to find out they’re worn down in the middle of a snow storm or gale.

At the same time, it’s also a good idea to do a few customary checks of things beneath the bonnet of your car. Make sure you have a good amount of wash fluid present to help clear your wind screen, and it’s a good idea to put in a custom winter screen wash that is designed to combat the unique hazards of winter weather driving.