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Top Tips on preparing your car for winter driving

17:07 06 November 2015

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King's Lynn is shrouded in heavy fog this morning - Drivers heading through the fog at Knights Hill in South Wootton. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2015

This week’s heavy fog is a reminder to us all that the weather is on the cusp of change.

Although temperatures have been unseasonably warm at the start of November, Norfolk County Council’s fleet of gritting lorries are already on standby for the arrival of the cold weather and freezing driving conditions.

We asked Callum Taylor from Busseys in Norwich for his top tips on preparing your car for winter.

“There is plenty that you can do, to get prepared for winter driving. Here are some things to check:

•Tyres – Absolutely crucial, when the roads are covered in water and ice, grip decreases and stopping distances increase. So ensuring there’s plenty of tread left on your tyres or even better fit winter tyres to your car

•Fluids – Your car’s oil, antifreeze and washer fluid levels are all important, Check them once a week or before a long journey and top them up when required.

“Also, make sure you have an Emergency Car Kit, because if the weather turns, they you don’t want to be caught out.

This should include:

• Ice scraper and a can of de-icer – Always useful on those frosty mornings before work

• Torch – Just in case you have to check something on the car in the dark (make sure you’ve got some spare batteries too!)

• Carpet or thick cardboard – These can be placed under your tyres if you get stuck in snow to help provide better traction

• A snow shovel – this should be pretty obvious, any kind of shovel will do.

“And have a Hi-Vis jacket in your car just in case you get stuck and have exit the vehicle near a busy road, it is worth having a couple spare for any passengers too!

“And or course something to eat and drink - bottled water and chocolate bars will do just the trick – Remember if you get stuck in a traffic jam or have to wait for road side assistance you don’t want to get hungry or thirsty

“So you have got your car ready but what happens when you are behind the wheel and the weather turns? The key is to make sure your visibility is as good as it can be.

“It’s important to keep your car safe. If you are Ford or Peugeot owner, then bring your car to our experts, who know and care about your car, and make sure you are fully safe.

Go to the Busseys blog for more winter driving tips.

And you can also make sure your car is ready for winter with a Ford or Peugeot winter check at Busseys.

• This article has been sponsored by Busseys

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