The top auto repair and maintenance firm in the UK, Kwik Fit, is advising drivers to prepare for the upcoming cold snap by following this easy five-point checklist.
When icy weather is expected, the checks are simple to remember and spell out the word BLAST.
Kwik Fit has identified the essential parts that are susceptible to freezing temperatures and are necessary to guarantee that your automobile will function well over the winter, particularly if it hasn’t been used as much as it once did.
- Battery. In colder climates, batteries have to work harder to start a car, and issues might occasionally only be discovered after it’s too late. A cold snap may put an excessive amount of strain on a battery if it has trouble starting an automobile in warmer conditions.
- Lights. In the shortened daylight hours, the necessity of functional lights is evident—not just for visibility, but also for being noticed.
- Antifreeze/coolant. Anti-Checking the condition of the liquid in the reservoir and system is important since freeze will only protect the engine at low temperatures if it is present in the right amount and concentration.
- Screen. Visibility can be poor in winter weather, so drivers should make sure their screen condition does not comprise it further. Screen wash level and wiper blade condition should be checked, as well as the glass for any chips or cracks. If not repaired, these can become more vulnerable in cold weather. Never use boiling water to clear icy glass as the very sudden temperature change brings a risk of it cracking
- Tyres. As the only point of contact with the road, having tyres in good condition is even more important when surfaces are slippery. Drivers should check tread depth, pressures and also sidewall condition. They should also ensure that their spare is ready to use if needed, or if their car has an emergency sealant kit they know how to use it
According to Roger Griggs of Kwik Fit, “the first cold spell of the year always reveals problems with cars which are a surprise to their owners.”
“The most frequent one is battery failure, which can occur suddenly or gradually. When the temperature drops, an engine that was running during the warmer autumn months can just be too much for an old or worn-out battery.
When driving in slick circumstances, drivers might not detect severe or uneven tire wear until they require maximum traction, by which time it can be too late.
“We urge drivers to perform winter BLAST checks ahead of any necessary journeys, as is always the case with motoring checks and maintenance, as prevention is much better than cure.”