Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Keeping Your Car Safe This Winter

Keeping Your Car Safe This Winter




Some British regions record a high volume of car theft. For instance, according to the latest data analysis from Tracker, London is the first hotspot for keyless car theft, followed by the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and then Essex. Needless to say, if you happen to live in one of those areas, you might be worried about what could happen to your vehicle. 

Keyless theft, aka for vehicles that do not need a physical key but rely on a fob instead, increases every year. In 2021, they've increased by 93%, proving that, unfortunately, criminals have been productive and learned new skills during lockdown. Some car makes are more vulnerable than others. As thieves hack the key's signal to gain access to the vehicle using a relay attack, it is a wake-up call for every car owner. Therefore, authorities warn to use other deterrents, such as crook locks and wheel clamps or a high gate. 


However, too many car owners assume that thieves are the only thing they need to worry about. Your car is constantly at risk. Here's how to keep it safe this winter. 


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Keep your car in sight

Vandal attacks may not make the news as frequently as car thefts, but they can be just as devastating. Vandals target vehicles regardless of value and make. Some attacks are triggered by revenge against a specific individual. Yet, more often than not, vandals are likely to attack your vehicle because it happens to be here. So, a camera system such as a doorbell camera can be a useful addition to protect your vehicle, as well as your home. The camera can record the area in front of your home, which means that if you park your car by the front door, it will be visible. You can also install fake cameras pointing at your car as a deterrent. 



Rain, sun, and cold do not help

Winter is the worst season for your vehicle. Frequent rain can lead to rust risks, especially if you leave your car parked for several days without driving. Your brake pads and discs could develop a rusty layer, accentuating damage and corrosion to the braking system. 

Later in the season, when streets are covered in salt to prevent ice formation, you need to wash your car frequently so that the salt doesn't damage the body paint. Paint serves an important purpose as it protects the body from external elements that could cause corrosion. 

Lastly, the combination of winter sun and cold temperature can also cause the paint to dry and flake. It can be safer for your vehicle to stay inside the garage, away from the rain and the sun. Alternatively, you can also build an open garage using building kit materials from Trade Oak to keep the process smooth and quick. If you live in a big city, it's worth considering renting a garage spot to protect your car. 



No more flat battery problem

Car owners have been experiencing battery issues since the start of the first lockdown. If your employer lets you work remotely, your battery could be running flat from the lack of use. Remember to use a trickle charger to preserve the battery and to avoid short journeys that drain it. 



From battery issues to vandalism, it's time to step up our game to keep our vehicles safe this winter. Investing in deterrents or additional protection could save you money in the long term. 






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