How to drive down the cost of car maintenance as the winter weather sets in

Costs rise as temperatures fall but here are some hot tips to drive down your seasonal expenses.

  • ICE IDEA: Never pour hot water on a frozen windscreen, as it could crack the glass.
    De-icer is around £2 from Halfords but save by making your own. Mix three parts vinegar to one part cold water and spray on your windscreen the night before to stop ice forming. A bottle of vinegar is 45p at Sainsbury’s.
    SAVE: £1.55
  • SCREEN SAVER: Screenwash prevents the water in the washer pot freezing. Petrol stations’ screenwash can be pricey — Shell’s is £5.28 for one litre. Instead, try the supermarket. Prestone Extreme Screenwash is £3.50 for two litres at Tesco.
    SAVE: £7.06 on two litres
  • TYRED AND TESTED: With ice on roads, it’s more important than ever to check your tyres have enough tread. A winter check-up can be around £20 at some garages. Instead get a free winter car service at Kwik-fit or Halfords to discover what you need.
    SAVE: Up to £20
  • STEAM-FREE: Cars easily fog up in the cold but according to the AA, shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in defoggers. So swap K2 Car Fox Anti Fog, £5.75, from Amazon for shaving foam, 95p, Superdrug.
    Smear on screen or windows and wipe off before setting off.
    SAVE: £4.80
  • APPY DRIVING: Visiting family and friends can clock up extra miles. So get the best deal at the pumps with One local station had unleaded at £1.21 a litre, but Petrolprices showed it at £1.19 at a local Asda.
    SAVE: Up to 2p per litre, depending on location

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