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The time is fast approaching when we begin to

by:Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre     2020-11-11

Antifreeze is an essential mixture that goes into the radiator of your car. The chemical compounds prevent water from freezing, which can cause untold issues in the high pressure environment of the engine. Be sure that your antifreeze is topped up and is made to the specific ratio outlined on the bottle. Most antifreeze mixtures require a 1:1 split with water, but always check beforehand.

Another liquid to keep topped up is your wiper fluid. Don't be tempted to add conventional antifreeze to this well, as it can be corrosive on the paintwork and the rubber blades of your wipers. Specially designed 'non-freeze' wiper fluid will do the trick here. Take a closer look at those wiper blades of yours; are they in top-top shape? They're put under considerably more strain during the winter months trying to shift snow, ice, slush and inevitably more rain. Pay close attention to the mechanism too, blades with exterior springs can freeze up and simply won't work.

Another part of your car that will have to work harder during the cold months is your battery. Not only will it have to start your engine in freezing conditions but it will undoubtedly have to cope with permanent heating and air conditioning, along with heated screens and constant wiper movement. If you know that you're due a new battery in the run-up to winter you'll save yourself a lot of time and money doing it beforehand. If you have to be towed to a garage with a dead battery, you'll be at the mercy of whatever price they want to charge you. If your battery just needs a clean-up, disconnect it and make sure that the terminals are clean and dry. Take a look at the connecting wires too and ensure their terminals are in a similar condition. Don't be tempted to use a wire brush, elbow grease will do.

Your tires are never more important than in winter, with wet and frozen roads making braking distances longer and increasing the potential for a skid. Ensure that your tread depth is sufficient for winter conditions, remember that you'll need far more traction during the colder months. Even if your tyres were inflated to the correct pressure only a week or two ago, the change in temperature can alter this level as the air contracts and expands with temperature. Keep a close eye on the pressure levels.

With the best of will and ability, nobody can prepare for all eventualities. Ensuring that you have the right car accessories in your vehicle to equip you for a cold evening breakdown can make the difference between a freezing wait for the recovery truck or some comfortable time to think on those Christmas plans.

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