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Top tips for keeping you and your car safe in winter

With winter approaching, it is important to keep on top of simple yet crucial factors whilst you are behind the wheel.  

Check you have plenty of fuel in your tank for your journey. 

It may sound obvious, but you would be surprised how many people run out of fuel and with temperatures as low as expected you really don’t want to get stranded. Research shows that nearly a million motorists break down every year after risking near-empty fuel tanks. 

It is absolutely vital that your tyres are in good condition and are correctly inflated for good traction and grip. Although the minimum tread level is 1.6mm, during winter it’s advisable to have 3mm of tread on your tyres to help with traction and grip. At ProSportsCars we offer a free tyre check to help put your mind at ease. 

Check your lights, they are essential for you to see and be seen. Walk around your car and make sure all lights are working and that they are free from dirt, grime and snow. Lights get extremely dirty during the winter months so clean them on a regular basis to ensure your safety.  

In snow and ice, stopping distances can increase by as much as 10 times compared to dry conditions. Drive slowly so you can allow yourself to stop within the distance you can see in case of any obstacles in the road. Be smooth when braking, accelerating or turning.  

Fog is another temporary result of winter and the gloomy weather conditions that winter brings alongside it. Fog usually accumulates in patches, so can take drivers by surprise. Switch your car’s fog lights on to aid your visibility to others, and increase the gap between you and the car in front.  

Cars need to be serviced regularly to keep them running well and this becomes even more important during the colder months. 

If your car hasn’t been serviced recently, consider booking your car in for a service ahead of winter, we offer a full service along with an oil and filter service.  

Call our friendly team to arrange your appointment on 01482 831183. 

Stay Alert, Slow down and Stay in Control. 

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