Winter is coming! - 21st November 2013

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With Jack Frost starting to nip at our noses, here are a 9 brrrrilliant tips to ensure you keep motoring this winter.

1. Top up your screenwash with non-freezing additive With more grit and muck on the road your windscreen is going to get dirty throughout the winter so you might find yourself having to wash the windscreen more often. Make sure your screenwash is topped up and has enough additive so it doesn’t freeze up over the cold nights.

2. Make sure your lights are clear and clean before setting off When clearing the windscreen and side windows of any snow and ice remember to clear your front and rear lights. Any snow or road grit covering your lights will reduce their effectiveness.

3. Make sure you have plenty of fuel Running out of fuel is bad enough at any time of year, but in the dark and cold of winter you really don't want to be stuck on the side of the road.

4. Check your tire pressure & tread Having the correct tire pressure is important all year round, but especially so in winter. Having correctly inflated tires with plenty of tread not only improves your fuel efficiency but gives you better grip.

5. Be prepared Those days as a scout will pay off if you prepare an emergency kit. This should include a rug, a couple of containers of salt and sand, jump leads, snack foods, water and extra de icer.

6. Wash & go Dirt, melting snow and corrosive salts during the winter months will cause a lot of undetected damage so don't wait until the warmer months for a spring clean when it'll be too late for a cheap fix.

7. Frozen lock? Small cans of lock de icer are a great solution but in case you've left these inside the car, try warming the key with a match or lighter and thaw your way into the lock.

8. Get your car serviced for extra peace of mind consider a winter vehicle health check at a Rainworth ŠKODA Mansfield to make sure that everything's in good working order and reduce the likelihood of a breakdown.

9. Change your driving to match the conditions It sounds obvious but many of us don’t add some extra time to our journeys to take account of bad weather. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time and pay attention to your stopping distance. Use high gears when it's icy and try to stick to major routes as they will be gritted regularly.

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