The winter months generally provide relief from the hot climate found in most parts of India. However, in other parts, they can cause serious disruption to daily life. Winter weather can be dangerous for driving and requires some methods to keep you and your vehicle safe. Here are some ways to make sure your drive is safe and comfortable this winter.
Winter Car Care Tips
The most basic requirement is that your car be well maintained. Get it serviced regularly and don’t skimp on replacing parts that have higher than average levels of wear and tear. This will help reduce the chances of vehicle damage.
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Use lukewarm water to clean all windows, wing mirrors, all lighting units (headlights, tail-lights, fog lamps and others) to ensure good visibility. Do not use hot water, as the difference in temperature may cause the glass to burst. In areas where snowfall is common, remove snow that has accumulated on the roof, so that it does not slide onto the windscreen and obstruct the view while driving.
check the electricals
All lights outside and inside the car should be working normally. To keep the cabin at an acceptable temperature, the climate control system must work well. Wiper blades should be replaced if necessary and its motor serviced to keep the windscreen free of snow or debris. An additional prerequisite for keeping your wipers running is to have a full tank of the correct mixture of water and washer fluid.
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Cold weather can affect battery performance and cause problems when starting the engine. If the battery is old, replace it and check all cables and leads. The engine oil and coolant should also be checked and changed if necessary, as low temperatures can cause fluids to freeze.
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Wet or icy conditions can adversely affect stopping distance, so have your brakes cleaned and serviced. Check and replace brake pads if necessary and clean and grease the brake calipers if necessary.
In addition to making sure your tires are in good condition (enough tires and no cuts or bubbles), make sure they are properly inflated. An overinflated tire increases the chance of slipping when driving in slippery conditions, while an underinflated tire does not provide adequate grip. Consider upgrading to winter tires or snow tires or even using snow chains; Practice fitting these on the tires so you won’t be nervous about doing it when you actually need to use them.