Winter driving myths - BUSTED
There’s always a lot of “top-tips” when it comes to winter driving, and deciphering between the dos and don’ts and the downright dangerous can sometimes be more difficult than you expect.
We’ve busted 6 of the most amazingly silly winter driving tips to keep you in the know whilst you’re in the snow!
Coolant will never, ever make your engine too cold. It is there to cool it down when it is at risk of overheating when you’re on the move. But, despite the name, coolant is also made up of anti-freeze, which stops all the vital liquids in your engine from freezing during low temperatures.
There is actually a lot of surprising myths about what to do to your coolant in cold weather…. But in reality, the only thing you should be putting in there is coolant!
It might defrost it, but it is also highly likely that you’ll break the entire windscreen due to the drastic change in temperature. The best practice here for a quick defrost is to cover the glass with de-icer and use a little elbow grease in the form of an ice scraper!
The only thing you’ll do here is damage your tyres, possibly your wheels and they will inevitably need replacing. If you’re concerned about traction, why not opt for a set of winter tyres?
In some rare and extreme cases this may help you, but for the weather that we Brits get and the amount of time it lasts, you want your tyres to be in tip-top shape have the correct amount of air in them at all times. Again, if you’re concerned about traction, why not opt for a set of winter tyres?
This may get the ice off your windscreen, but you won’t be able to see as you’ll scratch up the glass almost instantly too. So, all you’ll get is a hefty bill to replace it!
And on that note:
Cover your windscreen wipers with vinegar to stop them corroding
Unfortunately, windscreen wipers are one of those things on your car that you’ll need to replace. You can’t really extend the life of them, and it would be dangerous to coat them with anything in order to try!
You will need to drive carefully in the snow whether you have 4 wheel drive or 2 wheel drive. 4 wheel drive may give you a little more traction in some circumstances, but they are by no means the answer to everything.
WD40 is a lubricant – therefore, this is one of the last substances that you’ll want on your brakes! If you coat them with any lubricant, they simply won’t work. Brakes will inevitably rust, but the best way to keep them in the best nick you can is to keep them clean with good old water.