During the winter, it is time to prepare your car, because the car will be used more than usual. To drive safely on snow-covered roads, it is recommended to change tires by choosing suitable wheels. It is also necessary to provide a battery that guarantees good cold start amperage.
Tips for preparing your car for the winter
Before facing the winter weather conditions, it is recommended to check your car. We pay a few tens of euros; we avoid paying a lot of money for a more serious mechanical problem that occurred along the way. Handling on slippery surfaces must be corrected when driving in winter. To do this, it will be necessary to install snow tires adapted to the climate. Those who go on holiday in the mountains will have to provide snow chains, these equipment are mandatory on some sections of roads marked with the sign B26. In winter, you will need to fill up with coolant, change windshield washer fluid, take a squeegee and gloves, check the car insurance sticker, adjust your driving by doubling the safety distances, take a safety kit and don’t forget to bring a blanket.
Check different equipment for your car in winter
In winter, more than in summer, drivers must be particularly vigilant about driving and the condition of their vehicle. As brakes, heaters and power steering are more stressed during this period, it is recommended to carefully examine their vehicle before taking to the road. Particular attention should be paid to tire wear, battery and brake condition. Forward-thinking drivers do not forget to equip themselves with jumper cables, provide coolant and take care of their windshield. You should also bring a de-icing bomb, check the weather and check traffic conditions before driving.
How to prepare your battery properly to withstand the winter weather conditions?
Before winter arrives, there is a simple and inexpensive solution to do a small check of the battery’s condition. All you need is a voltmeter to check the charge of the accessory essential to the car. At rest, a conventional battery should contain an approximate charge of 12.6 V. The 2nd test consists of checking the load when the engine is running. The voltmeter should vary between 13.7 and 14.7 volts. The battery should work more efficiently when it has good cold start amperage. It should be noted that the load can be checked by any professional mechanic.