With the colder months in full swing, it’s essential to ensure your car is fully protected for those essential winter journeys. The cold weather can impact your vehicle in many ways including battery issues, engine troubles, and windscreen damage. However, you can protect your vehicle from the elements by ensuring that your fluids are topped up sufficiently.

Whilst the thought of maintaining your vehicle during potentially freezing temperatures can feel daunting, Halfords are always on hand! To help you prepare your car for winter, we’ve put together a list of 5 essential fluids that will keep your car running when temperatures have dropped, giving you the confidence to keep going.

Essential fluids for your car

Keeping your fluids topped up is vital for ensuring you are covered when setting off on winter journeys. Here are five fluids every vehicle needs during the colder months:

Engine oil

Running low on engine oil is a frequent cause of breakdowns and can cause serious damage to the engine. Oil helps lubricate the engine and keeping it topped up could save you from having to fork out on unnecessary repairs.

As many as 1 in 4 cars are low on oil, causing additional friction and heat in your engine, and possible damage in the long term. Many vehicles will have an oil warning light that turns on if the level drops too low, but we would always recommend regular checks so that you can keep an eye on your oil levels and top up before it’s too late.

Our 10-Point Car Check includes an oil level check in addition to tyre and battery checks, so you can have peace of mind that your vehicle is in full working order this winter. The check’s also one of the benefits that you’ll receive for free if you join the halfords motoring club – check out the end of this article to find out how you can become a member.


Antifreeze is essential during the colder months as it prevents water within your engine’s cooling system from freezing over. Frozen water within the cooling system can cause significant damage to the radiator and can be costly to fix.

Antifreeze comes in concentrated form which must be diluted with water and a ready mixed form. Knowing which antifreeze to use will be dependent on the make and model of your vehicle. More modern cars made after 1998 require antifreeze with silicate-free, organic acid technology (OAT).

If you are unsure which antifreeze should be used in your vehicle, speak to one of our in-store experts. You can also use our online lookup tool, by entering your vehicle registration to discover the right antifreeze for your car.


The winter months mean that many of us must drive around in the dark. As a result, it’s crucial that windscreens are kept as clean as possible to get the clearest view of the road ahead – it is also a legal requirement that your screen washer bottle is filled at all times.

Whilst you can use water to clean your windscreen. We would always recommend using a screen wash as it contains detergents to help clean the windscreen, and comes in a range of temperatures down to -30c to prevent your washer jets and windscreen from freezing

De-icer/Rain X

The winter months often mean having to battle icy conditions and being faced with an iced over car on a frosty morning is never fun. As a result, it’s important to invest in a de-icer with a fast-acting formula that will clear the frost quickly.

It can also be useful to choose a 2 in 1 pre-icer and de-icer, where the formula can be sprayed onto the windscreen the night before to prevent a frosty windscreen in the morning.

In addition to the icy weather, British winters also bring a great amount of rain! Rain-X is a valuable product which applies a repellent barrier to your windscreen to help improve visibility during wet conditions.


Additives help your car engine run more efficiently, preventing the engine from clogging up, which is more likely to happen when you’re taking small journeys in the cold.

To combat the cold weather’s harsh effects on your engine, use a petrol or diesel cleaner such as Wynns Total Action Petrol Cleaner or Diesel Cleaner. These additives are developed to keep your vehicle’s injectors and fuel system clean. They will also help to restore engine performance, as well as reduce exhaust emissions and fuel consumption.

Introducing the halfords motoring club

Join the halfords motoring club today to access a range of amazing benefits and discounts that will help to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving.

It’s completely free to become a member and you’ll receive instant benefits worth £35 including £10 off your MOT, a £10 welcome voucher to spend on any Halfords product or service, and a free 10-point car check (worth £15) – which is perfect when you want a second opinion on your engine oil level!

Or upgrade to Premium membership and enjoy a 5% discount on all motoring products and services throughout the year, as well as exclusive benefits worth over £100! For a one-off payment of just £49 (or £4.99 per month), here’s what you’ll receive:

  • 5% off member pricing (an always-on, unlimited discount on all motoring products and services online and across our stores, garages and Halfords Mobile Expert)
  • 1 x free MOT at your local Halfords garage (worth £54)
  • 1 x £10 welcome voucher
  • 2 x free 10-point car checks (worth £30)
  • 1 x free fitting for a pair of wiper blades or a pair of bulbs or a battery in our stores
  • Unlimited free next day delivery on all online orders
  • Your personal digital garage, an online hub where you can keep track of your servicing reminders and predicted maintenance needs
  • Dedicated customer support for motoring club members

Joining the halfords motoring club is quick and easy. Simply visit www.halfords.com/motoring-club, choose your membership, enter your details and complete your registration.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and enjoy a year’s worth of benefits from Halfords to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving!

While winter weather may not always be pleasant, at least you know your car can battle through when armed with the right fluids! And that the halfords motoring club will be there to help you along the way.