Preparing your car for the harsh winter weather not only decreases the chance of your car breaking down, but ensures your safety in difficult driving conditions.
Get your car serviced
If your car is due a service, get it done before the winter really takes hold. Many car problems can be prevented by regular car servicing and repairs, making it much easier to keep up with regular maintenance tasks.
Check your battery
A weak battery will fail in colder temperatures, so your battery should be the first thing you check. Batteries are put under a lot of strain from cold temperatures, increased use of lights, heaters and fans. If your car is having problems starting, get your battery checked by an experienced car mechanic and replace it if necessary.
Refill engine coolant
Your engine coolant should be 50/50 water and antifreeze. Antifreeze can become diluted over time, especially if you top your engine coolant up with water during the year. In very cold temperatures, engine coolant can freeze, this can lead to your engine over-heating and result in expensive repairs.
Switch to winter tyres
If you drive frequently in winter, switching your standard car tyres to winter tyres not only increases your car's performance, but increases your safety. Winter tyres offer exceptional grip in icy conditions, as well as performing better than summer tyres when wet. If you choose to replace your tyres, book in to have your winter tyres correctly fitted by a local expert such as ourselves.
Check your lights
As it gets progressively darker during the winter months, it’s important to check that your lights are clean and that they’re working efficiently. If you notice any blown or cracked lights, get them replaced and check that your full beam headlights and fog lights are working properly.
Check your windscreen
Chips in your car's windscreen can get worse during cold weather; getting them fixed before winter arrives will prevent this. Clean your windscreen and check for any nicks and tears in the wiper blades that could cause impaired visibility during wet weather.
When the time comes for new car tyres, choosing the cheapest option can be tempting. Although this may be the best option for your bank account, when you’re regularly driving at high speeds in extreme weather conditions such as rain or snow it’s best to feel reassured that you’ve got the best tyre option for the job!
Paying for more expensive car tyres might not be what you had hoped for, but in the long run it will save you valuable time and money due to their increased longevity. Sunrise Service & MOT Centre are experts in recommending the best new tyres in Blandford, trust our mechanics' extensive knowledge and qualifications in knowing what is best for your vehicle.
Standard new tyres
Most cars are fitted with standard new tyres that can withstand various different weather conditions such as heavy rain. Standard car tyres do not perform their best in colder weather temperatures as the tyres harden and their grip is reduced. This increases the risk of skidding, meaning the driver would need to increase their braking distance between surrounding cars. We recommend to many drivers that during the winter they consider new tyres that can withstand colder temperatures.
All-season new tyres
All-season new tyres combine the characteristics of both standard and winter tyres. The most cost-effective tyre solution available on the market, all-season tyres are quite self-explanatory. They do not need to be changed throughout the seasons as they can last throughout extreme temperatures and snowy conditions.
Directional new tyres
Directional new car tyres provide exceptional performance in both rain control and overall stability. They perform particularly well in snow and ice due to their directional tread patterns, making them perfect for drivers that live in areas prone to severe weather conditions. If you’re interested in directional new tyres contact our team today, they’ll be able to help you make the right decision for your vehicle.
With the UK’s current heatwave it is important to consider how high temperatures can affect your new tyres, and how to prevent risks. As the air inside your new tyres is affected by surrounding temperatures, it’s not surprising that summer is the most common time to experience tyre issues. When it’s warm tyre pressure is higher, and vice versa when it’s cooler the pressure is then lower. When your new tyres are exposed to the sun’s UV rays it can make up to 15% difference to your tyre pressure, don’t take the risk read our helpful tips and tricks!
For more information about how to protect your new tyres contact our experts today on 01258 459 798.
Sun exposure can dramatically affect the condition of your new tyres that’s why it’s important to wherever possible keep your vehicle in a shaded area. UV rays are dangerous for new tyres and you can see the difference they make as a tyre that is exposed to too much sun may become bleached or cracked. We understand that when you’ve just purchased new tyres you want them to last as long as possible, which is why we recommend that you maintain a regular tyre pressure so that your grip, handling and sidewalls aren't at risk.
During hot temperatures, your tyres will be overinflated and become more brittle, which will make it more difficult to safely drive your vehicle. We recommend that during summer time you should check your tyres every time there is a major change in temperature. Contact our team today on 01258 459 798.
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It can seem hard to notice when your car needs or would benefit from a new car battery, but there are a few signs to look out for. Many drivers wish they had known sooner that their car battery was on the way out, particularly during situations where the battery dies at a very inconvenient time. Looking after your car battery is the key to prolonging your vehicle’s lifetime, factors that affect the integrity of a car battery include many short trips lasting less than 20 minutes and extreme temperatures.
Check engine light
Is your ‘check engine’ light a permanent feature in your car? Although it could be affected for a variety of reasons, when your car battery is low or faulty it will show up in your check ‘engine light’. To discover if your car would benefit from a new car battery, visit our experts in Blandford. Contact us today on 01258 459 798.
Car engine has a bad smell
Do you notice that your engine has a bad smell of rotten egg? This is a very big indication that you need a new car battery. Car batteries are filled with a mixture of water and sulfuric acid, and when the acid evaporates it smells like rotten egg. The sulfuric acid only evaporates when a car battery is overheated, or in worse cases when the battery is leaking, which is very dangerous.
Starting your car can be a struggle
Do you find that some days your car starts, and some days it doesn't? This is a sign of a faulty car battery that needs replacing, or your battery terminals may be broken or loose. Also when was your last car battery replacement? Over 5 years ago? Five years is the average expectancy of a car battery, so it could be time for you to purchase new car battery from our range.
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