How to winter-ready your car

How to winter-ready your car? The winter weather can be hard on your vehicle and your engine. Therefore, it is important to prepare your car before the weather turns to ensure it can handle the cold.
Here are some of the things you need to prepare your car for an Irish winter:

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How to make sure your car is for winter- ready

Prepare the battery

Cold and damp weather conditions can put a strain on your car battery. It can have an impact on power and its ability to turn over. If you haven’t changed your car battery recently, make sure that you get it tested before the weather sets in. At Sweeney’s Garage, we can check your car battery for you and replace it if needs be. All of our batteries come with a 2-year warranty.

Check your brake fluids

Brake fluids are always important, but especially in winter where the roads can become more slippery. Make sure that your brake fluid is full. If it’s low, a brake light in your car will illuminate and the car may take longer to stop than normal.

Check the air con and heating

Stay warm during the winter months by ensuring that your air conditioning and heating work properly. Run the air con regularly to check that nothing is stuck inside the vents or get a professional to check instead.

Check the tyres

Tyres are one of the most important parts of your car, and they need to have a good grip so that they don’t slip (and put your life in danger). Consider purchasing winter tyres that offer exceptional grip on snow and ice and arrange for a professional fit them for you.

Winter car checklist

Here are some of the things you should have in your car in the winter months:

• A hazard warning triangle
• A torch with batteries
• An up to date map or fully charged GPS
• A tow rope
• A high visibility vest
• A shovel
• A first aid kit
• A set of jump leads
• Spare fuses and bulbs
• Your de-icing spray and glass scraper

Get your car winter-ready today

If you need to get your car winter-ready, contact our expert team at Sweeney’s Garage today. We have the expertise to ready your car for winter and can even conduct a free NCT basic check to make sure your car is ready for the road.