5 ways to winterproof your car

It's good sense to winter-proof your car by stocking up on the right equipment such as de-icer, a scraper, a spare bulb set and – in case of breakdowns – a torch, warm coat, high-vis jacket, and blankets.

But there are other precautions you can take to avoid potentially bigger repair costs. Lucy Burnford, founder of the digital glovebox for motorists, Motoriety.co.uk, shares her tips:

1. Be snow ready

If snow is forecast, and you’re planning on travelling down country lanes or off road, consider packing a shovel and pieces of carpet you can put under the tyres in case you get stuck in a snow drift. The alternative is a tow truck, potentially costing you up to £270.

2. Check your tyres

Bald tyres that are under or over inflated could be seriously dangerous on icy roads. The AA recommends at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Check the air pressure regularly, especially before any long journey. The potential saving here is up to around £120 for emergency roadside assistance - though more if your tyre bursts and you have an accident.

3. Improve visibility

Reduce the risk of an accident, by keeping your lights clean and your windows smear free. When topping up windscreen wash, use a higher concentration of wiper fluid to water than usual, so it doesn’t freeze, and make sure your wiper blades have been recently replaced.

4. Blast the air con

Give your car's air conditioning system a regular blast throughout the cold winter months. It might sound crazy when you're freezing cold, but it stops dust and bacteria from building up in the system. Otherwise you could end up forking out for an air-con system recharge, costing anything from £30 or, depending on your vehicle, four figures on a whole new air-con system.

5. Check your battery

Think about the impact of all those lights and heating on your car’s battery. The colder temperatures also take their toll on the battery’s efficiency. That’s why, if your battery is more than three years old (they usually don’t last much past five years), it’s worth getting it tested at a garage. A new battery on the roadside costs around £90.


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