Winter is full of ailments when it comes to your vehicle. With misty glass, frozen windows and juddering engines. It’s not your car’s happiest season. It may also not be the happiest season for drivers. With slippery roads and cars leaving before the visibility is clear, it’s way more likely that an accident could occur in the winter and it’s worth looking into methods to ensure your car is as safe as possible. We’ve teamed up with Osset Tyre House to talk about winter tyres as well as share some fantastic Winter Car Hacks.
Winter Tyres are fantastic if you find yourself frequently driving in the winter, especially early in the morning or last thing at night. They offer exceptional grip when the temperature drops below seven degrees, and while they’re effective in snow and ice, they also perform better than summer tyres when it’s wet. They’re not as affordable but are well worth the investment for the additional safety they bring.
This is a time of year where taking responsibility for the maintenance of your car is crucial. There are key things you can do such as having your battery checked, topping up your anti-freeze and checking the pressure and tread depth of your tyres.
It’s also a great time to prepare the interior maintenance of your car. Pack a winter breakdown kit that includes shovels, torches, blankets, hi-vis vests, de-icer etc. It’s also a great time to get your car super clean ready for the new year. If you are busy then leave the hassle of cleaning your car on local garages like Ossett Tyre House for Car Servicing.
Use vinegar and water as an alternative to de-icer.
Mix three parts vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the windows the night before to prevent the ice build up.
Put freezer bags over your mirrors at night to stop them getting iced over.
If you have a car like mine, then you don’t have heated wing mirrors. Those suckers take an age for the ice to melt and you never know how much you rely on them until you don’t have them. Popping a freezer bag over them the night before means you can just pop them off and voila you are ready to go.
Buy a chalkboard eraser for foggy windows.
Chalkboard erasers are a perfect, affordable alternative to wiping down your windscreen to keep it streak free!
Clean your windscreen with shaving foam to prevent fog.
Don’t you hate it when you’re driving along and the shifts in temperature cause the windows to get foggy? Shaving foam has ingredients that will act as defoggers so cleaning your windscreen in a cheap foam will work wonders for avoiding the “mist up” as the temperature changes. Coat the inside of your car windows with a thin layer of the cream and then wipe off.
Hand Sanitiser is great for frozen door locks.
The alcohol in the sanitiser melts it away quickly and will not damage your paintwork!
Use cooking spray to prevent sticking doors.
Iced over doors never used to bother me as I’d give them a good yank, but when you’re faced with them whilst holding a toddler and all that goes with him, it’s a nightmare!
Clean your headlights with toothpaste for extra sparkle.
Have you ever been driving and found your visions isn’t as good as it normally could be? Your headlights could be dirty. Toothpaste doesnt only clean headlights, but it makes them dazzle. You’ll thank me later for this tip!
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