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Avoid The Winter Car Blues!

Avoid The Winter Car Blues!

It seems like yesterday that we were talking about having your car in shape so you can enjoy picnics out in the sunshine and here we are focusing on winter!

With the onset of changes in the weather and the fact that days are shorter, there are many elements that make driving more difficult, so you need to be prepared and have your car ready!
Why is a winter car check important?
   
Winter car check to protect your car
It is highly frustrating to come out to your car on a frosty morning and find that it doesn’t work. Either it won’t start, or you can’t clear the windscreen because the sprays are frozen. In addition to the discomfort of messing around in the cold, there is the sheer inconvenience of losing time and missing appointments. And it’s worse still if your car lets you down while you’re away from home. Imagine only discovering once you are out on the road that your radiator has developed a crack and leaked coolant all over the place, causing your engine to overheat.
Some of the checks that should be included are:
• Antifreeze - has your vehicle contains the correct antifreeze for the conditions, and in the right quantity, likewise, with screen wash.
• Battery - freezing temperatures have a negative effect on the ability of batteries to deliver power. Specialist equipment is needed in order to check whether your battery is up to the demands of the coming cold season
• Lights - If you can’t be seen by other motorists, it doesn’t matter how good your driving skills are – you stand a chance of being hit in difficult conditions. There is also the question of how well you can see the road without fully functioning lights. Imagine finding yourself driving on a busy road in an increasingly thick fog bank. You turn on your fog lights – the first time you have done so since last year – but they aren’t working. The fog would be like a white wall ahead of you.
• Brakes, tyres and many other parts also need to be in good condition for winter. 
So, call us and book your vehicle in or email info@richmondgarageservices.co.uk

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