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SEP 5, 2014

5 car care tips for snowy conditions

We’ve already covered rain and fog at Citroen Classics, so let’s explore snow in this next post. If you insist on driving a classic car over the winter, apart from the dangers of salt corrosion, there are other issues you need to address to help you stay safe on the road.

We’ve got a final set of tips to help you cope in snowy weather, stop slipping and sliding with our guide to driving after a heavy snowfall, whether you own a classic or a modern vehicle.

1. Check the battery

Is your car ready for the winter? Check the condition of the battery to begin. This will be pushed to the limit during the winter, lights are used more, heaters are used more and there’s more strain placed on the electrical system in general.  

Test the battery. If it’s having trouble keeping a charge get it replaced.

2. De-ice the car

Woke up to find a heavy downfall of snow? Clear your car thoroughly before you set off.  Remove excess snow, scrape away ice from the windscreen and make sure you can see clearly through the side windows of the car as well.

Don’t try to drive the car by merely clearing a post box-sized area of windscreen, scrape the whole screen and allow plenty of visibility.

3. Check lights

Test lights before you set off in snowy conditions. Visibility can be poor over the winter, dark nights set in sooner so make your car to be as visible as possible.

Go around the vehicle testing the function of the lights, make sure they are working and ready for snowy conditions.   

4. Check anti-freeze levels

Top up cooling systems where necessary. Left untreated and your car’s cooling system could freeze in wintry weather, add a little anti-freeze and that’s one less thing for you to worry about.  

5. Adopt a new driving style     

Good car care will keep your vehicle running smoothly throughout the winter. Safe driving will help to protect you when you get behind the wheel.

Some suggestions are...

  • Applying brakes gently
  • Maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front
  • Easing the clutch gently to avoid wheel spin
  • Choosing appropriate gears to get up slippery hills
  • Cornering with care at the appropriate speed
  • Using low gears downhill to avoid locking up brakes

Hope these tips help you get through the winter this year!

Created on 5th September 2014
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