How to prepare your car for winter

  1. Have your battery and charging system checked for  performance. Cold, winter weather is much harsher on batteries.
  2. Ensure heaters, defrosters and windscreen wipers are working properly. Winter wiper blades can help as can special cold weather washer fluid. Wiper blades can wear out after six months - especially over winter..
  3. Flush and clean the cooling system and add fresh antifreeze every two years.
  4. Check the tyre tread depth and pressure - during winter, pressure should be checked weekly.
  5. Change the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can cause trouble in winter.  Ask your technician to check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
  6. Have your brakes checked. The braking system is your vehicle’s most important safety item.
  7. If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
  8. Have your exhaust  checked for carbon monoxide leaks. This can be especially dangerous during cold,winter weather driving when windows are closed.
  9. Ensure that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed. Carry spare bulbs and ensure that you know how to fit them.