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Winter Driving Tips
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22/01/2016
Don’t be caught out by the winter weather

Every year, the UK’s winter weather seems to get more extreme and unpredictable and here are a few tips and checks to make sure you and your car are ready for it.

Probably one of the most important things is to look at are your tyres. Your car’s tyre tread depth should be at least 3mm to ensure maximum grip in icy and snowy conditions. You may even wish to invest in snow chains or some specialist winter tyres.

Also be prepared to alter your driving methods to suit the weather conditions. It may seem obvious but in icy conditions you should try to avoid sharp breaking and take it steady. In heavy rain double the distance between you and the car in front because your car will take double the time and distance to stop.

You should also keep your eye out for pot holes. They come about when ground water freezes and expands in dips in the road before melting and leaving a nasty hole that can cause damage to tyres and suspension. They are difficult to spot at times so take particular care when driving after dark.

Extreme winter weather can come about very quickly in the UK so ensure you’re ready early in the winter season and you won’t get caught out. Many drivers find themselves unprepared for heavy snow when it happens and can become stranded.

If you haven’t got these already, it might be an idea to keep the following winter essentials in your car just in case: 

  • Warm clothing
  • High visibility vest
  • Blanket
  • Torch
  • Snow shovel
  • Tow rope
  • Map/Satnav
  • Jump leads
  • Tyre inflator
  • Petrol can
  • In car phone charger
  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle


Before you set off:

Most importantly, be safe!  If it isn’t absolutely necessary for you to make a journey then don’t bother. Just stay at home!  If you must go out, then here are some tips to make sure you keep safe:

  1. Check the weather forecast, listen to your local radio station and check your sat nav for any travel updates
  2. Inform someone where you are going and when you plan to arrive
  3. Make sure your car is packed up with winter survival items as above!


At WLMG we wish you many miles of safe driving this winter. If you have any questions or concerns about driving your car during the difficult weather conditions, or would like to book your vehicle in for a winter health check, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local WLMG dealership.



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