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How to prepare your car for the winter weather
02 November 2015

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Tips to help your car survive the colder months

With winter rapidly rolling in there are several measures that concerned motorists can take to ensure that their vehicle remains in an excellent condition despite the colder weather. Listed below are Belgrave Motors' top tips on how to prepare your car for the winter weather:

1. Check your brakes

During the winter months your brakes will serve as the most important safety component of your vehicle and as such they need to function as efficiently as possible. It's strongly advised that you have your brakes checked before the colder weather sets in. By doing so, you can easily and affordably rectify any issues before they develop into more severe, and more expensive, problems during the winter.

2. Frequently check your engine oil levels

As a rule, you should regularly check your oil throughout the year on a monthly basis. However, these engine fluid level checks become all the more important in the winter. If your engine oil is too thin then your engine will not be sufficiently protected against frost and ice. Too thick and you will find it increasingly difficult to start your engine in colder weather conditions. It's recommended that you treat your vehicle to a new oil change and new filter before winter sets in and check that that your engine fluids remain at your vehicle's recommended levels throughout the winter to avoid any unfortunate vehicular malfunctions.

3. Replace faulty headlights

Reduced visibility is one of the main causes of road traffic collisions during the winter weather. To protect you and your vehicle you should check that all of your exterior and interior lights are functioning as they should before the colder weather sets in. Simply replacing a few lights now could save you a great deal of time, money and effort once the sleet, snow and icy weather hits!