The winter months have definitely arrived! We in the south of Wales haven’t seen a lot of snow yet, but when it comes, we know it will present difficulties in all kinds of ways. This time of year always seems to do that, particularly in a country that always seems to be caught off guard by a couple of inches of snow.
Before long, we’re surely going to have at least a few days when schools and workplaces will close, trains will stop, and cars will have trouble on the roads.
That last one, about vehicles losing control on icy roads, is actually quite easily preventable – at least, it is if you’re willing to make the proper preparations.
Countries like Sweden and Finland seem to be able to deal with a couple of feet of snow without too much trouble. They’re not made of stronger stuff than us, and nor do they necessarily have more powerful cars. But what they do do is just make better preparations – by, for example, keeping their winter tyres on for nearly six months of the year.
We might not have the same need for winter or snow tyres in April that our Finnish friends do, but this situation demonstrates the need for your car to be properly outfitted whenever there’s snow on the ground.
Another peril to watch out for in the colder months is salt and grit on the road.
That’s right – the grit that councils lay on the road to keep you in one piece can actually cause damage to your car.
Admittedly, it makes you less likely to swerve off a winding mountain road, but when grit is thrown up under the wheels of the car in front of you, it can cause scrapes and scratches to your alloys.
There might not be a huge amount you can do about this. What you can do, is be sure to keep your distance from vehicles, particularly trucks, in front. Of course, this is good practice anyway when driving in adverse weather conditions for safety.
Before the snow gets too bad – that means now – you should take a good look at your alloy wheels and check for damage or marks. Then, take the opportunity to have the alloys refurbished.
Part of you might think ‘what a waste’ – after all, if you can expect damage to your alloy wheels over the Swansea winter anyway, why bother refurbing now?
But scuffs and scratches that you can see now could develop a lot more between now and spring, and cause real damage that can compromise safety – or at least, make it harder to repair the wheel in a few months.
Taking action now is the key to protecting your wheels over winter, keeping you safe and saving money. Why not drop in and ask us how we can help you prepare?