This is a collaborative post.
Now we are a car owning family there is a lot I have had to learn about despite being a non-driver. I’ll admit it comes in handy and has been particularly useful for our recent holidays and trips. When it comes to car maintenance that is firmly Adam’s domain but I do now at least understand some of the things he talks about. Also, as a passenger and because it’s a family car I am just as invested in ensuring each time we get in it, especially with the kids, it’s safe to drive.
A Little Car Survival Kit
For the Winter months it’s key to have a few things in the boot or back of the car just in case you get stuck somewhere. Maybe I’m just being a typical mother hen here but I want to make sure if something goes wrong it can be fixed. A bottle of water, first aid kit (essential with kids anyway!) a blanket, torch, new batteries and a portable phone charger are all staples and give me a little peace of mind that should something happen to Adam he has the things necessary to keep him safe and warm whilst waiting for breakdown recovery to help him, or us, out.
Ensuring Tyres are in good spec
We have recently just had the tyres changed on the car so we know we have decent, new tyres for the winter months. Investing in good winter tyres is really important, especially if you live in areas prone to snow and ice. Even having good winter tyres in wet and windy weather is going to be a good investment. Keep an eye on your tyre pressure and ensure this is maintained regularly. It doesn’t take long to check and if you find you’re losing presure relatively quickly perhaps it means you need to change a tyre or it’s time for a repair.
Certain areas of the country not only have issues with winter weather but also heavy traffic, congestion and poor road maintenance. All of these have a natural wear and tear affect on your tyres which can result in a need for repairs. Stirling, is one such city facing heavy congestion and it’s location means you face a cold, icy and snowy winter. All of these things are super important and so you should get tyres in Stirling from a local expert like Fife Autocentre (01382 205000).
Keep a Spare Tyre for Safety
As well as ensuring your tyres are all fit for winter wanderings you should also ensure you have a decent spare tyre available should you get stuck and need to get it changed. Check things like the pressure, tread depth and quality regularly to ensure it’s safe to use if you need it. If you notice any changes it’s worth getting a new replacement spare so you’re prepared for the worst.
Keep up to date with Servicing between MOTs
A good way to ensure the car is in good working order to to have a service between MOTs and keep an eye on anything that may be going wrong and to ensure things like filters and oil are topped up and changed regularly. Having one in the Autumn can help ensure things are kept clear, clean and anything that might need replacing soon can get done to avoid any unneccessary accidents.
How do you ensure your car is properly maintened through the winter months?