Protect Your Car Against Winter Weather

It is important to make sure your car is protected at all times, but especially during the winter months. There are a variety of products available to protect your car’s paintwork, alloys, upholstery, chassis and cavities. Good general maintenace of your car is also important if it is to be kept in good working order through the harsher months.

It's always important to make sure that your car is well protected, but especially so during the winter months when it is exposed to road salts, frost and the occasional sunny warm spells which can serve only to bake all the muck onto your paintwork. It’s essential therefore that adequate protection is in place to form a barrier against these elements and to keep your car safe from the environmental onslaught.

Road salting is a vitally important part of road safety, but it does present its own dangers. The flying particles of grit can cause major damage to the bodywork and chassis of your car, unless you take extra care and the right precautions. The interior of the car isn’t safe either, as muddy boots can bring all the salty, dirty slush inside and onto the carpets, mats and upholstery.

You should protect the exterior of your car at the earliest opportunity and ideally before winter sets in. That way, your car is prepared for the winter months. The correct choice of products will save you money in the long term, as a one-off protection service can work out as cheaper than years of regular waxing and polishing. It’s also worth considering protection for the chassis of older cars. Under body and cavity rust proofing is definitely worth doing.

When choosing how to protect your car for the winter, there are a range of different solutions available. Some solutions require ongoing polishing (e.g. Autoglym Lifeshine), some require only a certain amount of aftercare treatments (e.g. Diamondbrite), while others require no ongoing maintenance whatsoever (e.g. Supagard). Some of these products come with warranties and guarantees of performance, ranging from three years to the lifetime of your ownership of the treated vehicle. Metalmate offers specialist warranted alloy wheel protection. Even with those services which require a degree of aftercare, it is still considerably less than relying on a simple wax and polish, which generally needs refreshing at least four times a year.

Protecting the chassis and cavities of your car is a dirty job and definitely one best left to the determined DIY motorist. But don’t fear; a number of Waxoyl treatment specialists exist. Such treatments are common with off road vehicles like Land Rovers and Range Rovers, imported vehicles, and classic cars. It is, however, still important to do the cavities of all vehicles. Water can often get trapped in cavities: especially in the door, when the water fails to properly drain out of the drainage holes. The treatment will typically last up to 5 years, depending on what car you are treating.

Protecting your car's aesthetics is all very well and good, but there are a number of other important factors you should consider in order to get to the spring;

FLUIDS: Regularly check your car's oil, antifreeze and screen wash. In particular, a regular oil change is the simplest and most important element to keeping your engine running properly.

PETROL: Running out of fuel isn’t an option, so ensure you run with the tank nearly full whenever possible. If there is a long trip you regularly do on a single tank, fill up before returning: it’s always important to have a contingency plan.

TYRES: Recent studies have proven that good quality winter tyres provide better grip and performance at 6°C or below. If you decide you can't afford that expense, just making sure your tyres have plenty of tread makes a huge difference.

VISIBILITY: Lights bulbs, wiper blades, de-misters, heated windows, etc all need to be in good working order if you are to ensure that you can see other cars properly and they can see you.

BATTERY: Lights, heaters and windscreen wipers put high demands on a car's battery. Make sure to have your battery tested, especially if it is more than 2 or 3 years old. A dead battery is one of the most common causes for cars failing to start during the winter.

ESSENTIALS: It pays to be prepared! Bring a blanket, a light source such as a torch, food, water, a first aid kit and a de-icer. It’s worth considering buying an Emergency Winter Survival kit.

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