Although today you’ve uploaded the blinds and you have met with a sun of righteousness, and believe it or not, winter has arrived. After a fall benevolent, so to say, winter arrives, and with it should come the cold, the rain, the snow, the frost, and other series of phenomena adverse to our car. Adversity that we can play a trick on, especially in these days in which the car is our best ally to visit family, enjoy the festivities, meals and dinners for christmas, and to comply with the traditions every year on christmas Eve and new year’s Eve. What precautions do I take?
1. Problems with the battery and the alternator.
Before you leave, make sure that your car doesn’t suffer from problems with the battery and the alternator. A cold morning requires a greater effort for the components in the boot of your car, and that is why it is essential to do a basic checkup and follow certain tips. After a cold start, it is not recommended that we stop after a short ride away. Sometimes the battery may have difficulties to recover his habitual loading, so that in such conditions, it is advised to avoid short journeys.
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2. do Not delay the work of maintenance, and the replacement of oil and filters.
The importance of using oil and filters that are suitable for your car, and in a perfect state of service, increases in winter. Cold starts are especially delicate for your engine, and the benefit of a lubricant free of impurities and with the proper viscosity is even more important, if possible, to ensure the durability of the engine. Take advantage of the pre-christmas holidays to do the periodic review and maintenance of your car always is a good idea.
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3. Watch your tires.
The importance of the tire is if it should be even higher in winter, in which the grip can be a problem in the rain, salt, snow, ice shelves, or even combinations truculent of all these factors. The chances of suffering an accident due to a tire with too much wear and tear is multiplied in winter. Remember that the legal minimum in the depth of the grooves of your tyres is 1.6 millimetres. Even with the legal limit, in these dates is more important, if it is, try to be cautious and avoid the drawing of our tire is reduced below 3 millimeters. A technique you can use to know if our tire are in conditions is to check that its depth is greater than the ring of gold, a currency of a euro.
If you drive regularly on snow-covered roads, in mountain areas or regions in which the temperatures are really low (near to or even below 0ºC), you may want to consider buying a set of winter tires, or even to evaluate options such as new tires “summer” with an improved performance in winter.
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4. Checks the correct operation of the headlights.
A good visibility is indispensable, always, but even more so in winter. A day like today, in the winter solstice, will be the shortest day of the year. The sun has come out after 8:00 and will be before 18:00. This means that the number of hours of darkness exceeds the number of hours of clarity. The journeys night increase. And that is why it is essential that we check that our headlights are working properly. Our advice is to look for someone to help us, a family member or friend to operate position lights, short and long range, to ensure that no beacon is cast.
is just As important to see as be seen, therefore, that we should also check that the rear headlights, brake lights, reverse, position and direction, work correctly. Nor is it to check the lighting, fog, and above all know how it works.
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5. I Wash your car!
As it rains, and it snows every other day also, and the road is full of dirt, and salt, it is possible that you may have the temptation not to wash your car until you return the good time. The salt that litters your car is not an excuse for not washing your car, in fact it should be the reason that you take to try to keep the body of your car always clean, to the extent possible, in winter. And is that salt is, by far, one of the agents that most damage it generates in the body and the underbody of your car, being the origin of many defects, and premature corrosion. That corrosion, in the long run, can cause major damage to your car, or even generate more difficulties at the time of selling in the market of occasion.