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Winter Car Safety Tips

Car safety is important all-year round, however it is especially important in winter. At Tyre Shopper, we have produced a number of driving tips to ensure you are safe this winter.

Check Your Tyre Pressure

It is vital that you check your tyre pressure as under-inflated tyres negatively impact on car safety. For every drop of 10*C in temperature, it is estimated that your tyre will lose 1 PSI (pounds per square inch). It is important to know the correct tyre pressure value for your vehicle to ensure maximum quality and safety.

Amend Your Driving Style

It is recommended to drive in a conservative style when you first start your engine to ensure maximum car safety. It takes time for your engine to warm up, especially in cold weather conditions. You will potentially damage your engine by ‘high revving’ immediately after starting up your car.

Reduce Your Speed When Driving

You should reduce your speed when driving as braking distances will be increased in winter conditions. It is recommended that you increase the gap between yourself and the car in front of you to minimise the risk of any accidents. Due to these difficult road conditions, you will need to take extra care to ensure not only your safety, but also the safety of those around you.

Replace Your Antifreeze

To prevent freezing and boiling over, the engine cooling system should be filled with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. Antifreeze prevents the water in your car’s radiator and engine from freezing.

Regularly Wash Your Car

Salt spreading and gritting plays a big role in keeping our roads safe. However, if you don’t wash off your car after long journeys, the salt can slowly corrode the metal exterior of your car causing rust. Rust may potentially cause parts of your vehicle to crack or fall off.

Ensure Your Windscreen Is Clear

If you want a quick and safe solution to defrost a windscreen, purchase a can of de-icer and a scraper from sites such as Amazon. You should never use boiling water to defrost your windscreen as it may cause the windscreen to crack. Ensure that you do not drive with a partly frozen windscreen as this is a severe safety risk.

Purchase Winter Tyres

At Tyre Shopper, we stock a number of different specialist winter tyres such as the Continental Winter Contact TS860. No matter how difficult the winter weather conditions, you can be assured of maximum control due to the high level of grip. It is recommended that you look to purchase tyres specific for winter if temperatures drop below 7*C.

Overall, car safety is extremely important. In cold and difficult weather conditions, you can put yourself in danger when driving, however this danger is preventable. As well as this article, we have also produced an infographic regarding the importance of checking your tyre tread depth which is extremely important for overall car safety. You need to ensure that you are safe at all times and we feel that this is achievable if you follow these winter driving tips.

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