Consider switching to synthetic oil
Conventional car oil can be slow to travel through the engine in cold weather, making your car harder to start. Older cars may benefit from using synthetic oil instead, which isn't as affected by cold temperatures: this type of oil doesn’t take time to warm up and is easier on engines. Check your car’s make and model before switching to synthetic oil to make sure that you have a compatible vehicle. You can also investigate synthetic blends – part synthetic oil, part conventional oil – for similar benefits.
Whichever option you go for, perform a quick and easy dipstick test by cleaning off your car’s dipstick and pushing it all the way into the oil tube. When you pull the dipstick out, check that the oil is brown or black – if it’s light and milky or has metal particles, take your car to an accredited auto care centre. If the colour is fine, make sure that the oil has reached the indication level on your dipstick. If it’s too low, top up your car with the oil recommended in your manufacturer’s manual, making sure not to overfill.
Take care of your windscreen
Visibility becomes crucial in cold weather, when mist, fog, rain and snow make looking keeping your windscreen clear a challenge. Never leave cracks in your windshield untended: get them filled right away by a qualified repairer. Water that falls into those cracks may freeze in cold weather, which will force the crack to expand and make driving hazardous.
Next, check your windscreen wipers aren’t too worn down and are working properly. You can easily buy replacements from auto shops or online stores: installing them only takes a minute or two, with no special tools required. If you’re driving in icy, snowy conditions, consider investing in a pair of winter wiper blades. Keep your wiper fluid topped up to clear away salt, sand, dirt and other debris that are commonly found on winter roads.
Finally, check that your car’s defroster and climate control system are working so they can help remove condensation and steam from your windscreen.