Storing Your Vehicles & Vessels During the Winter: Top Tips & Tricks

It's that time of year again when the leaves start changing colors and falling off the trees, and the weather starts getting colder and drier. That can only mean one thing: winter is coming.

And with winter comes the inevitable task of storing your vehicles and vessels for the season.

If you're not sure how to go about it, don't worry - we've got you covered.

So read on as we'll be discussing some top tips and tricks for storing your vehicles and vessels during the winter. 

1. External Storage Solutions

Vehicles during winter

A great way to protect your vehicles and vessels during the winter season is by using an external storage solution. This could be a garage, a shed, or even a covered structure that can house all of your items safely throughout the cooler months.

Having external boat storage is especially important if your vessel is not intended for use in winter waters. It's also a great way to keep your car, truck, or motorcycle safe from the elements and also free up some extra space in your driveway or garage. 

2. Clean Your Vehicle/Vessel

Make sure to give your vehicles and vessels a thorough cleaning before storing them away for the season. This will ensure that there is no dirt, debris, or residue left on the surface that could lead to damage over time. Be sure to pay special attention to areas like wheel wells and crevices which can easily accumulate dust and dirt during normal use. You should also inspect all parts of both the interior and exterior of your vehicle/vessel for signs of wear and tear, as well as any potential maintenance issues that need to be addressed. 

3. Add Fuel Stabilizers

One of the most important steps you can take when storing your vehicles and vessels during the winter is to add a fuel stabilizer to your fuel system. This will help prevent condensation from forming in the engine/fuel tank area and will also keep gasoline from breaking down over time. Be sure to follow the instructions on your stabilizer's packaging for the best results. 


4. Finishing Touches

Additional things to consider before storing your vehicles and vessels away for the winter involve keeping their batteries charged up. This is especially important if they are going to be stored without being used for an extended period of time. You can use a battery tender or maintainer to keep your batteries charged up and prevent them from draining over the winter months. And, make sure you are using appropriate coverings for each one.

Plastic covers are great for keeping moisture out, while fabric covers are better suited for preventing dust and debris from accumulating on surfaces over time. 

Following these tips will help ensure that your vehicles and vessels remain in good condition throughout the winter season and are ready for use come springtime. Don't forget to give them all a thorough inspection prior to storage and have any necessary maintenance or repairs done before storing them away for the season. With these tips and tricks in mind, you'll be able to rest easy knowing that your vehicles and vessels are safe and sound until they can hit the open roads again! 

Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the motorbiking adventure space, focussing on all types of biking both on and offroad. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.


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