Three safety checks to perform on your car in preparation for winter

Winter comes with its own set of dangers on South African roads. Roads are wetter, the mist is thick and many people find they are the victims of accidents that were due to bad weather conditions. However, there are certain precautions that you can take to ensure that your trips are as safe as possible. Checking that your car meets certain requirements before hitting the road can be the difference between a safe trip and a trip ending in tragedy.

Check your tyres

Smooth tyres, paired with a slippery, wet road can be a recipe for disaster. According to TyreSafe, in winter your tyre’s tread depth should be checked to ensure it is well above the legal minimum of 1.6mm across the centre 3/4 of the tyre, around its entire circumference.

Also, if it within your budget, you should consider having winter tyres fitted. They are made to have more grip on the road in special conditions such as snow, ice, and slippery roads.

Information Age says that winter tyres are an investment worth making for the additional safety they’ll afford you, especially if you have to drive a significant amount over the winter.

Also, be sure to check your tyre pressure to avoid having a puncture or flat and having to stop on the side of the road in bad weather.

Windscreen wipers

A very important component to your car, especially when the winter rain pours down, is your windscreen wiper set. Your wipers should always be in impeccable condition and should work fast enough to keep your vision clear on the road. Have these professionally checked by a mechanic to spot any nicks or tears that may hamper performance? Luckily. Wipers are usually very affordable and should be changed as frequently as needed.

Change Your Oil

It is very important to use the right viscosity of the oil. Viscosity is a quantity expressing the magnitude of internal friction in a fluid, as measured by the force per unit area resisting uniform flow. Generally, as the temperature drops, the oil’s viscosity may change.

Check your owner’s manual to make sure you’re using the recommended oil. If you’re having it done for you, just ask the workshop to give you oil that’s right for winter.

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