7 Ways To Protect Your Car From Cold
Motorists have been advised to take steps to prevent their cars being damaged by ice as another cold snap sets in here in Ireland. As temperatures plummet rain water can form icy shards and splinters capable of piercing tyres and causing accidents, the experts have warned.
Ice covered windscreens can also weaken the glass and can even lead to shattering if the window already has chips or other flaws. It can also leave paintwork more vulnerable to corrosion making a car rust more quickly, the experts have warned.
Prolonged periods of cold weather may also cause tyres to lose pressure and deflate, making journeys more perilous.
Here are seven tips to follow:
1 Magnetic windscreen covers
Having a cover on the windscreen can help protect the glass from the build-up of snow and ice in the chilly mornings. They can also protect the screen from shattering, as harsh cold weather can cause breakage if there are chips in the glass.
2 Regular car washes
It’s important to make sure your vehicle is clean even during winter weather. Washing the car regularly removes the build-up of dirt and rust from damaging the paintwork.
Waxing the car is another way to give your vehicle’s paintwork extra protection against long-term deterioration, as it forms another layer against snow and frost.
4 Regularly inflate tyres
Driving in heavy rain and on ice can lead to quicker deflation of tyres, so it’s important to regularly check the tyre pressure. It can also result in internal damage to the engine if you’re driving on underinflated tyres as it will work harder to cope in the winter conditions.
5 Park under shelter
If possible, park the car under some shelter to prevent snow from falling directly onto the car’s exterior. It can decrease the chances of winter weather damaging the bodywork.
6 Paint protector film
The paintwork can become easily damaged by ice and snow. Paint protector film is a clear wrap that goes on the car to prevent any scratches from the weather from impacting the paintwork. Make sure to get it fitted by professionals to ensure the best protection.
7 Wrap up the mirrors
Wing mirrors can become equally damaged as windscreens by frosty weather. Cover them up with screen covers to prevent snow and ice from damaging the glass.
DoneDeal ask you all not just to protect your cars but look out for vulnerable neighbours or people with reduced mobility when conditions get challenging.