If you want to avoid troubles during the cold season, it is never too early to make your vehicle “winter-proof”. In order to prevent nasty surprises, drivers must pay attention to following detail. Winter tires, as well as summer tires, have a statutory minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm. However, it is strongly recommended to replace winter tires with a tread depth of less than four millimetres, which are considered hardly suitable for winter use. The age of the tires is also very important: they shouldn’t be older than ten years.
The lighting system is one of the most important units of the vehicle, especially during the dark winter months. It is not necessary to go to a garage in order to make sure that all bulbs are fine; every driver can do it personally. As for correct settings of the lighting system, it is recommendable to consult a mechanic. Lenses should be cleaned thoroughly of summer dirt. This ensures good visibility and reduces fogging. Ailing wiper blades, which leave streaks on the windshield and reduce visibility, should be replaced with new ones. Especially when the sun is low, the possibility for the driver to be blinded is highly increased.
Old car batteries usually fall out of service with the first frost, especially when the rejuvenator is older than four years. Therefore battery should be checked and, optionally, a new one bought. Ice in the cooling system leads to engine damages. The best option would be to check at a workshop or gas station if there is sufficient antifreeze liquid left in the cooling system. Fill in winter-cleaner into the windscreen and headlamps washing system. Door seals should be treated with a suitable anti-frost agent, so they freeze less quickly.
Apart from that, it is strongly recommended to be prepared for different situations. A driver should have an ice scraper, gloves, and a cover for the windshield. You should always have a door lock de-icer in your home or office for cases when it will be impossible to unlock the car with the key. A warm blanket and enough liquid are also among the necessary things on board when planning a long journey.