Winter Maintenance Tips Every Driver Needs to Know
Your MOT in Shrewsbury are essential to keep your vehicle running smoothly all year long, but during winter, vehicle maintenance is even more involved. Winter time brings on ice, snow, and a whole host of road concerns that need to be addressed before the season begins. Now is the time to ensure your winter maintenance is performed, so you do limit the risk of being stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the frigid winter. Here are winter maintenance tips straight from the professionals at Tyreforce Shrewsbury Limited.
Regular brake maintenance is always recommended and you should have your pads replaced as soon as they become significantly worn. Brake pads, disks, and a variety of other parts on your braking system keeps you in control of your vehicle and safe on the roadways, so if you find you must brake harder, just to stop the car, you need to have your brakes checked and serviced.
Worn out brake pads limit the ability of your vehicle to stop, and rotors can become warped when overheating occurs from worn out pads. With increased moisture in the air and the risk of snow and ice during the winter, you certainly need to have your brake system properly serviced. Signs you may have brake can be a squealing noise when you apply the brakes or even a noticeable difference in how far you must press the pedal in order to stop. Have your brakes checked at the first sign of trouble to avoid the potential for more costly repairs and accidents.
Proper Tyre Assessment
Worn out tyres are a road hazard no matter what the temperature is outside, but when the weather turns colder, and the risk of ice on the road becomes a possibility, tyre wear can be even more important. Having little or no tread on your tyres means it cannot grip the road properly in icy or wet weather. Tread should be at minimum, 1.6mm according to local laws, but we recommend that vehicle owners change their tyres at 3mm to ensure proper grip on the road’s surface.
Not only should you have proper tread on your tyres on your vehicle, but pay special attention to your spare tyre as well. Your spare should have the proper PSI and maintain the proper tread as well. Haver your tyres checked by a licensed mechanic and have them rotated and balanced every 5000 miles to ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter.
Winter will be here before you know it and never leave your winter vehicle maintenance needs to chance. Getting stranded in winter is always best avoided, so let Tyreforce Shrewsbury Limited service your vehicle with comprehensive MOT testing, engine diagnostics, brake services, and more. We want to ensure your vehicle is ready for the winter and having your vehicle tested and serviced early will keep you from getting stranded out in the cold. Visit Tyreforce Shrewsbury Limited today for all your MOT testing and vehicle needs.