Car Care This Winter

Caroline Overton

Winter is definitely here, and that means freezing temperatures, icy conditions, and plenty of snow (and salt!) on the roads. 

The winter is very hard on our cars, so here’s some tips on how you can protect your car from the elements this winter.

  1. Get Your Car Washed And Waxed Regularly During The Winter

Road salt is a wonderful thing when it comes to keeping roads clear. Road salt lowers the melting point of water, so that snow and ice melt away even when the temperatures are below freezing. This makes it much easier to drive in wintry conditions.

But road salt is also extremely corrosive, and can damage your car’s paint job. Most cars with intact paint are not at risk of this, because there is nowhere for the salt to begin corroding. But if you already have some rusty spots, or areas where your paint is chipped away, you may be at serious risk of further damage. Also consider the damage it does to the underneath of your car.

To protect against this, you should wash and wax your car regularly during winter. Washing removes most of the salt that builds up over time, and waxing can help repel dirt, mud, water, and snow that all contain salt particles. If you can’t get outside to do this yourself (or simply would rather not!) you can often find car washing facilities in multi-storey car parks or supermarket parking areas.

  1. Make Sure Your Windscreen Wiper Fluid Is Full – And Doesn’t Freeze!

To keep stains and salt off of your windscreen, you’ll need to take good care of your windscreen wipers, and make sure you have enough windscreen wiper fluid. It’s important to check you have a Winter windscreen fluid as these are specially formulated to cope with the lower temperatures.

  1. Keep it inside.

It’s ideal to have a garage to store your car, of course. This makes it easy to keep your car warmer in the winter. But not everyone has a garage or carport where they can keep their vehicle, and they may have to park on the street.

You should also consider investing in a windscreen cover. These covers can be used to protect your vehicle from ice and snow when you’re not driving, and have the added benefit of being removable. After a snow fall, you can remove the cover, and the ice and snow will come off with it! You can pick these up for a few pounds from eBay or Amazon.

  1. Keep Your Interior Clean!

It’s impossible to avoid bringing slush, water, and snow into your car during the winter, but you should use the appropriate products to make sure it doesn’t stain, or damage your interior upholstery.

All-weather mats are a simple solution for this. Made of rubber, they channel water, ice and snow away from your upholstery, until you clean them out or the moisture disperses into the air. This protects your underlying interior materials. You can also use products like Scotchgard to protect leather and textiles from staining. 

We hope some of these tips help you take care of your vehicle until it warms up again. Blue Badge holders – remember to keep your Blue Badge visible regardless of the weather. Our Double Blue Badge Protector comes with a premium FREE ice scraper to help you do this, simply add the double protector and ice scraper to your cart/basket then enter ICEFREE at checkout when you purchase through our website.

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