Preparing your Car for Winter

TYour alloys may lose their luster and liveliness due to the chilly winter months. Even worse, you can be more likely to wind up with metals that are scratched or rusted due to the gritters and bad weather.

At ARTIREAUTOMOTIVE, we have you covered when it comes to keeping your alloy wheels in excellent condition this winter.

Why should you prepare your car for winter?

You must get your vehicle ready for the winter in order to avoid breakdowns and avoidable accidents.  When the weather gets colder, the number of breakdowns increases, therefore it’s important to take the time to perform the necessary checkups on your vehicle.

Should you check your alloys before winter?

Yes, you should inspect your alloys both before and after the winter. 

The likelihood that your alloys will sustain damage or more damage as a result of the cold weather increases when they are exposed to it. 

During the winter, there is a greater likelihood that your alloy wheels will sustain damage due to the quantity of ice, grit, and grime that accumulate on the roads. If your metals are already damaged, utilizing them in the harsh winter weather could result in further damage. 

 

Before the winter weather arrives, you should inspect your alloy wheels for dents, scratches, or rust and have them mended.

 

Top tips for winter car preparation

Below are our top five tips for when it comes to preparing your car this Winter:

  1. Book necessary repairs 

It’s critical to schedule repairs for your automobile as soon as you see problems if you want to keep it in good shape all winter. In particular, if your alloy wheels are scraped, deformed, or cracked, you should consider alloy wheel repairs. 

Taking your car in for a winter service is a wonderful method to identify any potential issues, even if you are unsure if your car is damaged or not. Your mechanic will check your oil, wipers, lights, battery, tires, and alloy wheels. 


  1. Check your tyres 

You shouldn’t just search for damage on your alloys. The condition of your tyres may potentially have an impact on the health of your alloy. You should have at least 3mm of tread depth on your tires throughout the winter since it will improve your traction. You might also consider purchasing winter tires, which will offer better traction in the rain, snow, and ice. 

Examine the coating on your alloy wheels as you check your tires. You can use a wax sealant to add an additional layer of defense from the winter weather if you feel like it is eroding. 


  1. Clean your windshield and wipers.

Finding any nicks or chips in the glass can be done by giving your windscreen a thorough washing on both the inside and the outside. It’s a good idea to maintain your car’s bodywork and windows clean so that any damage is obvious because salt on the road can form chips across their surfaces. 


  1. Prepare for journeys 

You should research the weather forecast, travel news, and the safest routes before beginning lengthier excursions. Travelers should allow more time in case of delays or other unforeseen circumstances. Additionally, make sure your automobile has antifreeze and an ice scraper on hand. 


  1. Review your breakdown coverage

Wintertime requires comprehensive breakdown coverage, and having it should give you piece of mind if you ever find yourself stranded because of the weather. 

Always check your policy, and always carry your insurer’s phone number with you. 


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