With all this crazy weather we have going on right now, it’s not only ourselves we need to look after when the nights get darker and colder! Nope, our cars are usually taken for granted and during the winter, car care is very important. We’ve been predicted a rather cold, snowy end to the year which will certainly take it’s toll on our tyres and our engines so we need to be prepared to make sure our cars have as little stress on them as possible. In fact, a good few years back when I first got a car, we had similar weather and I had to get a couple of new tyres as the weather led to the rubber cracking! It was an expense I wasn’t prepared for so use these few easy tips to ensure you don’t end up with an unexpected cost too!
Make sure you check the pressure in your tyres, if it is not optimum, it can cause tyres to burst! This means if there’s too little air, or too much air, it works both ways. Your car will always come with a document or sticker that shows the optimum air. In my Audi, it was in the petrol cap and depended on how many people and what was in your boot, but it tended to be about 35psi, in Mike’s Corsa it tends to be around 30psi so ensure you check and don’t over inflate your tyres!
If you are driving with bad tyres then it can really slow down your car’s efficiency, and by that I mean you will be using more fuel which comes at a cost as petrol is getting more and more expensive, and your brakes can also suffer. You really don’t want to have to be replacing your brakes over a dodgy tyre as the cost of replacing that tyre is far less than those brakes!
There can also be a risk if you’re not using the most suitable tyre for your needs, for example, there are winter, summer tyres, budget tyres and premium tyres. If you’re going to be doing a lot of wet and snowy winter driving then it may be worth looking into winter tyres.
You should always ensure your car has passed its MOT as this is the best way to know how well your car will survive the next few months, especially if there is a weather change!
Before you drive anywhere, whether it’s winter or summer, ensure you check your car over. If your tyres don’t have a proper tread it means the vehicle can encounter an accident or slip when the road is wet & this can be an issue when you have to call in Roadside Assistance and it hinders your journey! Get professional car servicing in Dundee done for your vehicle today from Fife Autocentre. You can also book your service online free of cost.