How to prepare your Audi for the Winter
Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s not practical if you want to drive. As the rain turns to ice and snow covers the roads, getting behind the wheel of your car is a risk in unsafe conditions. Getting around is a must regardless of the season, which means leaving the car in a heated garage until spring isn’t an option. Still, you shouldn’t take your life in your hands every time you pull out of your drive.
With that in mind, here is a selection of winter driving tips to keep you safe.
Although it sounds easier in theory, it’s feasible in practice as long as you target the common causes of breakdowns. The way to do this is to remember that the cold weather affects different areas of the car; for instance, the oil. Low levels of oil lead to catastrophic incidents in the winter because it can freeze and not work as effectively. All it takes is to check the dipstick now and again, and you should avoid pulling over in adverse conditions. Coolant is another to check as the power unit can either freeze over or overheat if something goes wrong.
Fill Up with Fuel
Something as basic as fuel can go under the radar in winter weather. After all, it’s not hard to stop off at a petrol station and fill up your tank when levels are running low. However, a straightforward task that you take for granted for the majority of the year is more challenging from December to February. For one thing, you can easily be stranded miles away from the nearest fill-up point. Secondly, cars are less efficient in cold weather because traffic is heavier and you have to stop and start more often. Rather than taking a risk, all you need to do is keep the fuel above the red marker on the gauge.
Spot Little Warning Signs
Often, the only time you realise there is an issue is when there you hear a crash and a bang and smoke appears. Thankfully, you can prevent a major incident, such as waiting hours for help by the side of the road, by spotting the little warning signs that escalate. In winter, it’s crucial to keep an eye out for anything to do with your brakes or tyres. That means understanding spongy brakes might mean they’re worn and need replacing. Or, it could be as simple as the car pulling to one side indicating there’s a slow puncture.
Don’t Stare at Oncoming Traffic
The setting sun suggests you’re going to drive more in dark conditions than light ones. With that in mind, please remember not to stare at oncoming traffic. While headlights are (seemingly) brighter than ever, the trick is to turn your gaze to the left-hand side of the road. This should stop you from being dazzled and losing your focus. If you can see a motorist has their full beams on, don’t be afraid to flash your lights or beep the sign as a friendly warning.
For more advice, you can speak to one of our trained technicians.