A couple of weeks ago, we talked to you about storing your classic car throughout the winter and the importance of doing so.
But many of you will, perhaps just occasionally, still want to drive your vehicle in the frostier months. The problem is, winter winds, damp air and salt-coated icy roads aren’t the kindest of environments and the last thing you need is a hefty servicing bill in the spring. Here’s a list of essential products we recommend you stock up on before temperatures plummet:
A thorough ice-removal is recommended before and after a frosty drive. Ice is a threat to every aspect of your classic vehicle, from the engine transmission to the steering system. The Winter Care Collection by Autoglym features a powerful de-icer, a screen wash, ice scraper and de misting microfibre cloth for windows. At only £16.73 it’s a bargain, especially when compared to the cost of repairing damages caused by melted ice.
If you don’t own a garage, then it’s critical you own a robust, effective outdoor car cover that will protect your pride and joy from the elements in between drives. This particular brand features 4 air vents to allow proper circulation, as well as two under-car security straps so that it won’t blow away during a mild British hurricane.
Where there’s water, there’s the risk of rust. And that’s never, ever welcome! Rust reeks havoc on your classic car’s body, electrical systems, engine and undercarriage. If unaddressed, your classic vehicle will eventually cease to be safe (or possible) to drive. Waxoyl Rustproofing Aerosol is a weather resistant spray that solves the problem of ‘hidden rust’. It draws moisture out of the vehicle, and seals the vulnerable areas to prevent against the reintroduction of water.
Using the correct engine oil is critical in maintaining a healthy engine, and modern oils can be particularly corrosive and problematic in older cars. During the winter, the use of Castrol Classic Engine Oil prevents the production of ‘cold weather oil sludge’, guaranteeing a smoother drive and happier vehicle. Change your oil before the cooler seasons, and again in spring time for the best result.
According to the RAC, the majority of breakdowns happen during the winter. Imagine sudden engine failure on a low visibility Sunday afternoon in the middle of a freezing cold country road! It’s sensible to carry with you a classic vehicle safety kit to make yourself known to other drivers, and to tend to any other emergency issues you’ve encountered during the incident. This kit offers all the essentials, including a first aid box, tow sign, high resolution jacket and fire extinguisher, and will fit neatly into your boot or passenger seat.
During the winter, road ice is prevented via the distribution of road salts. Every experienced driver will know how problematic these salts can be to a vehicle, but they can be especially corrosive when they come into contact with a classic vehicle. If you drive through road salts and do nothing about it, the salt attack your car’s undercarriage while melting any ice into water, triggering rust build-up. Therefore, after contact with road salts, we recommend giving your car a clean. The Autoglym Collection kit features everything you’ll need to effectively clean your car’s body, wheels and undercarriage.
If you’re driving in the snow, it’s advisable to fit a pair of diamond patterned snow chains to give you more traction. The selection we have available are manufactured using mild steel with spring assisted tensioning systems making them highly resilient in harsh winters.
We haven’t forgotten about you! It’s not just your classic vehicle that needs taking care of in the winter. It’s your hands too! If you’re heading out on a chilly day and want to feel your fingers by the end of it, opt for a robust and stylish pair of winter driving gloves. We have multiple sizes and styles available, as well as a whole catalogue of driving clothing if you feel like going the whole hog!
Got a problem with your classic vehicle and not sure what to do about it? Call us on 01885 488 488 and talk to one of our experts.