Tips for Preparing your Car for a South African WinterMarch 5, 2023

Although Nelspruit doesn’t get excessively cold in the winter months, it does often get cold enough for your car to not always perform at the level that you are used to. With winter knocking at our doors once more, you should be thinking about how you can prepare your car for the coming cold days.

At Protect a Car we are all about helping you keep your car in the best possible condition. Not only do we offer a wide range of related services but we also like to give our clients advice that they can actually use. When you visit us for a service, be sure to ask our helpful team any questions you might have. We’ll do our best to guide you with useful advice.

How to prepare your car for winter

One of the signs that your car is not having the best of winters is if it is sluggish or if it is having a hard time getting started in the mornings. This sort of thing is usually normal. If you live in an area prone to snow or heavy frost, you need to think a little bit harder about how you are going to protect your car, and improve your safety, during the coldest months of the year.

To help you out, or just to give you a little bit of information that you might not have had before, here are some ways to prepare your car for winter.

  1. Check your tyres

You should be doing this anyway a few times a year, and you can use winter as a good marker for one of those times to give them a check. In winter, in some parts of the country, the roads can get very wet, which can affect your road safety. Check that your tyres still have enough thread and that they are still in a good condition.

  1. Test your car battery

Although batteries are designed to last a really long time, they do have a limited life, and it is during the colder months that you will notice that your battery is not performing in the way that you need it to. Before the cold arrives, take your car to a battery shop and let them check it for you.

  1. Check that you have all of your car tools

Go through the tools that you need to have in your car, like a wheel spanner and a jack. You probably don’t do this nearly often enough and since you are doing a check up on your car, make sure that you have everything in place.

  1. Have a look at your heater

Winters make for foggy windows and if this is something that you struggle with, you will want to make sure that the car’s heater is functioning just as it should be.

  1. Change your oil and your coolant

To get your car safely through the season, you should do an oil change and you should change your coolant. This will help your engine to stay fully functional.