Winter Vehicle Health Checks

Winter Vehicle Health Checks

Added: 10 January 2019

Although Christmas and New Year are now out of the way, there’s still quite a while to go until we see the back of the gloomy winter months. It is essential to keep your vehicle in a healthy condition during winter to prevent any dangers that may occur due to the poor weather. Here are some top tips to keep your vehicle on the road and in great shape:

Get your vehicle serviced

If your car is due for its annual service, don’t hesitate to get it booked. Don’t let any potential problems with your car turn into serious defects. It not only puts yourself at risk, but other motorists and pedestrians.

At Chapelhouse, our expertly-trained technicians perform services to manufacturer standard, including Suzuki, Citroen, Kia, Fiat, Vauxhall and Peugeot.

Click here to view our service package offers or to simply book your vehicle in for its service.

Be a bright spark when it comes to the battery

Have you noticed that your car has failed to start first time recently? Have the electronic features of your vehicle slowed down or failed to react at all? These are both sure signs that your battery is running low.

Car batteries usually have a working shelf-life of around five years. Their effectiveness drops in freezing temperatures, so there is an increased risk of them not working at all during winter months if it's due to be replaced.

Chapelhouse offers an Electronic Vehicle Health Check (EVHC). A series of rigorous tests are carried out by our technicians, including battery checks, to determine whether there are any risks or faults with your vehicle. The results are colour coded: ‘green’ means there is no problem; ‘amber’ means there may be a problem in the future; ‘red’ indicates that there is a serious fault which needs addressing immediately.

Click here to book your EVHC at Chapelhouse today.

Don't let snow and ice give you the cold shoulder

Buy yourself a can of de-icer and a windscreen scraper especially, rather than having to rely on your credit card, or any other sharp object that may come to hand, to clear those frozen windows.

Such items may cause scratches to your windows which will lead to problems further down the line.

Using the windscreen wipers to clear frost and ice can also lead to them being damaged in the process.

Always refrain from using boiling water straight from the kettle to defrost your windows. Such a shock from the extremely hot water could easily put a in crack the frozen glass. 

Tread carefully when it comes to tyres

Make sure to check the tread on your tyres regularly. Low tread on your tyres can make braking dangerous even in clear conditions, so the threat of not being able to stop is increased heavily in icy or snowy conditions.

Checking the tread on your tyres couldn’t be simpler. Put a 20p piece in the shallowest tread depth on your tyre. If you can’t see the outer rim of the coin, your tyres will be road ready.

Alternatively, thorough tyre tests are undertaken in Chapelhouse’s EVHC - including checks on tread depth, pressure, and simple wear and tear.

If the depth drops between 3.0mm - 1.6mm, and you can see the outer rim in the 20p test, it’s time to think about getting your tyres changed. Anything under 1.6mm is illegal and will land you with a £2500 fine and three penalty points for each offending tyre.

Don't be dim on your lights

Familiarise yourself with the fog lamps on your vehicle. They aren’t often needed, but when they are, it helps to know how to turn them on and how to dip your headlights.

Always refrain from using your full beam in heavy fog. You will only reflect the light back at yourself.

And always make sure your vehicle's lights are clean!

We hope these tips help keep both you and your car in good health during any adverse weather conditions. If in doubt, don't risk it!

Should you have any other questions or queries, please don't hesitate to visit or get in touch with your local Chapelhouse dealership. Click here to find the contact details for our branches in Southport, St Helens, Warrington, Wigan and Preston. We're always happy to help!