Meteorologists are predicting a colder than average winter for Britain, following a wet summer, with temperatures expected to plunge as low as -10C in some areas. And whilst we all know to swap our clothes for warmer ones who of us has bothered to think about our car when the temperatures plummet?
According to Danielle Walton, Turtle Wax’ brand manager: “We’re looking at an extended cold period from mid-November to late January, with significant snow in the North of England and Scotland, so it’s important that car owners act sooner rather than later to prevent what can be the costly and hazardous effects of a seriously cold spell.”
So we asked Danielle what we should be doing, presumably during the milder weather and before the serious frosts and snow arrives. Here are her car care tips:
1 Use a proper car shampoo.
Wash vehicles with a car shampoo before winter sets in and as often as possible throughout the winter months to remove any surface salt and prevent any unnecessary corrosion. Always use a car shampoo as, unlike harsher cleaning products, it doesn’t strip wax protection from the bodywork. A generous application of durable wax or sealer not only provides a protective coat to car paintwork, warding off common winter rusting, it will also minimise the risk of damage caused by the ‘brine solution’ used by councils to grit and de-ice roads.
2 Use a simple glass cleaner.
Poor road visibility is another recurrent winter motoring problem for those facing grit and surface spray, which can cause a distracting glare when the sun is low. Impaired vision can be avoided with the use of a simple glass cleaner – it will remove engrained dirt, restore clarity and can be kept to hand inside a car door. Remember to clean interior glass and mirrors too, as using hands to clear condensation leaves grease marks and smears that can affect visibility.
3 Don’t neglect your alloys.
It’s important that wheel alloys aren’t neglected in winter. Clean any road salt and brake dust off the surface because both can cause alloys to become etched or blemished.
4 Don’t forget your tyres.
Tyres are arguably the most important part of any car and should be given as much pre-winter attention as possible. Check that they are in a good condition and roadworthy, meeting the legal minimum 1.6mm tread depth – remember to check pressure frequently because cold air causes it to drop. Use a tyre dressing to provide a barrier to the elements and stop the rubber deteriorating, as well as to keep them looking good.
5 Look after car trim and all external plastic.
Exterior plastic and trim are vulnerable to extreme temperatures and need to be protected to prevent fading, hardening or cracking
Summing all this up, Danielle reminds us that for the cost of the time it takes and the affordable products from Turtle Wax you can save hundreds of pounds in easily avoidable repair bills and of course you’ll be shoring up the value of your car when you come to sell it.
Sounds like foxy advice to me!