When temperatures begin to drop, traffic conditions deteriorate little by little, the night comes sooner and it’s usually a sign that it’s time to get your car ready for winter conditions, especially if your vehicle is sleeping. not in a garage.
Salt, increased use of heating, frost and night driving make your car more demanding.
The moment has come to put on his winter suit. Here are our tips.
Put it on for the winter
We do not always have the reflex to do this, but it is important to equip his car with winter tires when the temperature drops below 7 ° C . Their softer gum allows better grip on wet or slippery ground as well as on snow. They lost their name snow tires and have evolved a lot.
Their use has become seasonal and we must not hesitate to equip them to ride safely at the arrival of the first frost . Be aware that many manufacturers offer quality winter tires and their prices have become significantly more affordable than before.
Good to know: it is mandatory in some countries
If you are planning a trip to some neighboring countries like Luxembourg or Germany, be aware that the legislation differs from ours. For example, winter tires are compulsory in Luxembourg and regular checks are carried out on the borders. In Germany, it is mandatory to be equipped when conditions deteriorate. Any breach is subject to financial penalties that may in some cases be accompanied by immobilization of the vehicle.
Is my battery still fit?
It is in winter that the battery is the most requested. It is sometimes put to the test. After a few years, a battery gets tired and starts are more difficult in cold weather . It is a good idea to check the condition of your battery before winter, or replace it if necessary.
Sometimes a good refill will be enough to give him a facelift. If your battery is not a maintenance free model, also think about checking its levels .
Do not forget to control the fluids
It is important to check the coolant level before winter . The engines are more stressed, they tend to heat more and must be cooled properly. Check and top up the coolant level as needed.
If your engine tends to heat abnormally, do not hesitate to have the cooling system checked at your garage .
Be careful, do not make the mistake of completing your level with water. It could freeze in very cold weather and thus cause engine breakage . Do not save a few euros at the risk of damaging your mechanics!
The windshield washer is also more used in winter. Do not forget to regularly fill the level with a liquid suitable for winter conditions (antifreeze).
I control my lighting
At the end of the year and especially during the transition to winter time, it is more and more frequent to have to travel at night. Good lighting is essential to ride safely .
Remember to check the correct operation of the front and rear lights, as well as steering and especially the brake light.
If your vehicle is equipped with it, do not neglect the front and rear fog lamps : they can be very useful in certain conditions.
Good to know: always in pairs!
If you have to replace one of your bulbs, know that when they work in pairs, it is advisable to replace the two bulbs at the same time, so as not to stress too much the oldest bulb which may drop quickly.
Think about the winter kit
Anti-frost bomb, squeegee, gloves, hat, flashlight, survival blanket are accessories to complete the equipment of your vehicle in winter. When the windshield is frozen, a good squeegee will clear most of the ice .
And if your vehicle does not support cold starts, switch on the engine so that it can warm up . It will also help you de-ice your windshield via the ventilation flaps.
In case of failure, the survival blanket will also be very useful to keep you warm. Remember to plan one for each of your passengers. A flashlight will not be too much: it will allow you to see, but also to be better seen by other users in case of breakdown for example.
Tip: Beware of thermal shock
Never use hot water to defrost your windshield. The thermal shock could crack it. Think about the protective tarpaulin.
If necessary, have your car serviced
Your dealer or mechanic will certainly be your best interlocutor to prepare your vehicle so that he can spend the winter without a hitch . Many facilities offer diagnostics before winter.
If you do not feel a mechanical soul, do not hesitate to opt for this solution. The professional will take care of all the necessary checks and will propose if necessary to replace the defective parts . You will leave for the winter.
Winter is certainly the most demanding season for our cars. Cold and external aggressions are real enemies and it is essential to guard against them.
If your vehicle starts showing signs of weakness as temperatures drop, it’s definitely time to take a look under the hood. Take the lead, do not be surprised! And also think about adapting your driving!
The key points to remember to prepare your car for the winter:
– Do not hesitate to take the lead.
– Adapted equipment contributes to better security.
– Do not ignore the winter tires.