Shaping up your car for winter

Shaping up your car for winter

Shape up your car for winter -- that means winter tires. There are, however, a number of other steps drivers can take to ensure they get through winter safely and in comfort.

Before winter arrives, drivers should check their car thoroughly. You can carry out most tasks yourself, but some work should be done by a professional.

Component Task
Door seals Silicon or glycerine should be rubbed on to the seals
Door locks Need lubricating and greasing
Equipment in the car trunk A set of jumper cables, a brush for the snow, an ice scraper and de-icer spray
Winter tires Setting the tire pressure 2.9 psi higher than on summer tires is recommended
Winter sports Consider snow chains - they may be compulsory even in tourist areas
Screenwash A good dose of frost protector should be added
Battery The acid level should be checked
Spark plugs Exchange if necessary
Connectors Should be examined for corrosion
Radiator Put anti-freeze in the coolant
Shock absorber Should be checked - defective shock absorbers increase the braking distance and shorten the lifetime of tires
Lights Should be checked and set correctly for maximum efficiency

Apart from winter tires, the best protection against breakdowns and accidents in winter is driving with foresight. This includes taking extra care on bridges or at traffic lights, as well as keeping a greater following distance from the car in front.