1. Check tyre pressure and tread
One of the most important things to check is tyre pressure. Cold temperatures can affect tyre pressure, so make sure your tyres are at the right pressure. Also check the profile of the tyres. Sufficient tread ensures better grip on snowy or slippery roads.
2. Replace your summer tyres with winter tyres
Winter tyres are specially designed to perform better at lower temperatures and on slippery surfaces. Consider replacing your summer tyres with winter tyres for extra grip and safety.
3. Check the fluids
Make sure all the fluids in your car are at the right level. Check engine oil, coolant, windscreen wiper fluid and brake fluid. Fluids can thicken in cold weather, so make sure they are suitable for low temperatures.
4. Get your battery checked
Cold weather can put a lot of strain on your car’s battery. So have your battery checked to make sure it is strong enough to last through the winter. If your battery is outdated, consider replacing it before the cold really hits.
5. Make sure you have good lighting
With the shorter days and long nights, good lighting is essential. Check that all your lights work, including low beams, high beams, brake lights and turn signals. Replace broken bulbs immediately.
6. Prepare a winter emergency kit
Prepare a winter emergency kit and keep it in your car. Think of things like an ice scraper, a blanket, gloves, a torch, extra clothes and some food and water for emergencies.
7. Avoid parking outside
Do you have a garage? Then put your car inside as much as possible. That way, not only will you protect the paint on your car, but the windows will also not freeze. You don’t have a garage? Then provide a cover for your car so that your car’s paint is protected from snow and ice.
By following these simple but essential steps, you can drive into winter with peace of mind. Remember, safety always comes first. A little preparation can prevent major problems and ensure you get through the winter comfortably and safely.
Not only do you want to get through the winter carefree in Belgium, but are you leaving for the snow abroad? Then don’t forget to check out our handy safety tips for when you leave on winter holiday by car!