Darkness and cold soon announce their arrival, and wet slippery roads become a reality. It also means that it has been time to make your car winter clear so that you create safe settings for you and your fellow travelers. We guide you through all parts of your car – from deck to windscreen wipers, so you can get a winter-clear car.
1. Change to winter tires
You can not have a winter-clear car without winter tires. If you have winter tires lying, it’s about time for you to change your summer tires. Check that the tire thickness of the tires is at least 1.6 millimeters – more like – as it ensures a good grip.
It is perfectly legal to make a change to winter tires. It’s all about whether you feel competent enough for it. A tire change in a workshop usually costs between 200 and 700 kroner. In addition, there may be costs for storing your tires at the workshop.
The reason for switching to winter tires is that you get a better grip and that the braking distance is reduced on the ice-smooth and wet roads. If you own the smart new year-round tires, you do not necessarily need to change them.
2. Examine window wipers, lists and locks
Do the wipers work the way they are going? Especially in winter it’s important that they work optimally, so snow, salt and vein do not inhibit your visibility and increase your risk of being involved in a traffic accident. It is also a good idea to get used to checking your wipers often – throughout the winter. Salting, snow, falling leaves and ice will easily rub the rubber.
It is also a good idea to lubricate the door strips with a silicone staple to prevent the rubber strips from breaking into the cold. If you still have a manual lock for your car, it may also be necessary to use a little locking oil to prevent the lock from freezing.
3. Protect from rust and check paint
Avoid the car’s enemy number 1 – rust! Make sure the bodywork is clean and well maintained, so your car is best protected against the rigid road salt. You can do this by finding water hose and brushing out and underwater spraying the car. It may also be worth investing in a polish if you do not have the equipment for yourself, as polishing also protects against rust attacks.
If your car is to get the best possible through the winter, it is important that the paint seal is in the top. Start with thorough cleaning of the paint so that you can easily crawl the car for any paint damage in the form of scratches, stone damage and minor rust damage. These damage can be repaired with a paint stick that you can buy from various car dealers. Then, the paint must be wax-treated or paint-sealed, which you can do yourself or get help from professionals.
4. Coolant should be protected against frost
Get a car workshop to check that the car’s coolant is frost-proof, so your car will be winter clear. It should be protected to hold between 25 and 35 minus degrees. If it is not, there is a risk that snakes craze and it can be a real pleasure!
Also, be sure to use the correct coolant for your car – there are several different types. The car’s instruction manual shows exactly which coolant you need. Using a wrong type of coolant can damage the engine.
5. Winter equipment for a winter-clear car
In preparation for winter’s challenging roads, we recommend having as much equipment in the car as possible. With regard to winter equipment, you should have the following items in the car in case of accident:
- Carpet, ice scraper, flashlight, first aid kit, tire change tool, an additional tire and starter cables.
In case you need help, we recommend installing a roadside app on your mobile as it can tell you exactly where you are.
If the accident is out, you can be sure to insure that the insurance company pays for you to get help where the car has stopped. It is a relatively inexpensive supplement for car insurance, and you can pay for this during the winter season, as the risk of accidents is greater below.
6. Charge the battery
Make sure to fully charge the car battery, possibly using a home carriage, as the car’s power consumption for light, power windows, ventilation systems, seat heating and windscreen wipers are extraordinary during the dark and rainy winter months. In addition, you should clean the cable connections to the battery, which can be done with a round of soapy water. Also make sure that the generator drive belt is sufficiently tight and does not have any cracks.
7. Test the brakes
Make a brake test and notice if the car is slowing down, if there is a mishap from the car when you brake and if the brake pedal can be pumped. Also keep an eye on the brake fluid reservoir, which has a minimum and a maximum. The more worn the brakes, the longer the brake fluid will come down. When the fluid is below the minimum, check the brakes of a mechanic as they may need to be replaced.
8. Check the light
In winter it is extra important that all lights and lights work and that they are clean for dirt and dirt. When the frost sets in, it’s also a good idea to scratch the lights clean for ice and snow so the other drivers can see you better and you can better orient yourself to the conditions on the road.
9. Make an oil change
It is essential to keep track of the engine oil for a winter-clear car. Therefore, prepare the car engine on the cold winter mornings by making an oil change.
A hard cold winter oil usually goes under the designation 5W-40. At the same time, ensure that the oil filter is replaced, as it ensures correct oil pressure in the engine. The waste oil and the used oil filter must be delivered to the recycle bin, so that you do not charge the environment more than necessary.
If you do not even stand for the oil change, you can go to a professional. An oil change is an important investment in the car’s well-being and longevity, and in addition it’s actually quite cheap to get done. We recommend that you change the oil one to two times a year, one of which should be before winter, so your car will be winter clear.
10. Get control of your car insurance
It is especially important that you control your car insurance in the winter, where the risk of car accidents is increased. Our studies show that the price of car insurance depends on a variety of factors, including seniority, age, damage history, car type and residence. This means that the car insurance price is very individual and that two-car car insurance rarely resembles each other.
There is also a big difference between the requirements of insurance companies to make you an elite car driver. If you have not already achieved this status, please read how to become an elite car driver as soon as possible.
You can also use our simple car insurance comparison tool and get answers if you can get a cheaper or better car insurance at a company other than your current. Press the button below and make a price check on your car insurance – maybe you can spend your hard earned money elsewhere?