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Here are some preparation tips and driving advice for harsh winter weather conditions, from Ezi-Melt.

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Keep your lights clear of snow
 
Keep your lights clean and free of snow so you can clearly see the road conditions ahead.  
 

Winter driving advice

Check your battery
Cold, damp weather causes a huge number of battery failures during the winter months. Check your battery weekly and charge it if necessary.

Check your coolant
Without sufficient anti-freeze in your car's coolant, you could end up with catastrophic engine damage. Make sure you check and top-up regularly.

Check your tyres
Low tyre tread gives you a lot less grip in snowy conditions. Incorrect tyre pressures can also reduce grip so keep a regular eye on your tyres.

Check your screenwash
In winter, you should be placing equal volumes of screenwash and water into the reservoir. This protects you down to -35c and will prevent your washer pump and wipers from failing.

Check the weather
Severe weather can close roads and cause huge delays. Check your route on the weather forecast, and let people know where you're going.

Carry a car kit
Don't leave home without an Ezi-Melt Car Kit in the boot. It contains six essential items to help get you home when conditions get tough.

 

  • To prevent your car doors from getting stuck when it freezes, use a cloth to apply some silicone-based furniture polish to the rubber door seals.

  • If the locks are frozen, try warming the key, or inject the lock with an anti freeze spray or WD40.

  • Clear your whole windscreen before setting off, not just a small hole. Clear the snow from your lights, too.

 

  • Operating all of the car's controls: steering, brakes accelerator and gear changes, should be done slowly and smoothly.

  • Always accelerate gently and smoothly. Change to a higher gear sooner than you normally would. Try moving off in second gear if the wheels keep spinning.

  • When driving, leave 10 times the usual gap between you and the car in front. Keep a close eye on what's happening ahead so you can slow down gradually.

  • Slow down well in advance of icy bends by letting the car's speed fall. Braking at the last minute may cause your car to spin out of control.

  • Keep your speed much slower than normal. Signed speed limits are often much too fast for treacherous conditions.

  • On un-gritted roads, following the tyre tracks of other cars means you are driving on compressed snow which is more slippery. Fresh snow may offer more grip.

  • If you do skid, steer in the same direction as the skid and don't stamp on the brakes. For example, if the rear of the car is sliding right, then steer the car to the right.

  • If you get stuck in snow, don't try to power out or you'll just dig yourself in deeper. Instead, move the car slowly backwards and forwards in the highest gear you can.

 

 
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