Drivers being urged to ‘make time for winter’

Be prepared for winter motoring with an emergency equipment kit which should include a spade.

Be prepared for winter motoring with an emergency equipment kit which should include a spade. - Credit: PA

With parts of the UK having had flurries of snow and America in the icy grip of winter bringing the prospect of some heavy falls to come, Motor Codes is urging motorists to check their cars before setting out in severe weather.

Supporting the Highway Agency's 'make time for winter' campaign, Motor Codes will ensure that its network of approved garages has all the Highways Agency's promotional material and will provide free advice to motorists on how they prepare their vehicles for winter conditions.

Nearly half of all UK motorists make no checks of their cars before travelling in such conditions and Motor Codes wants to support the government's ambition to change this behaviour.

Chris Mason, Motor Codes managing director, said: 'This is common sense. Modern cars are packed with advanced technology to make driving safer but it is equally important that drivers check the conditions and ensure they and their vehicles are fully equipped and prepared for the effects of cold conditions.

'The Highways Agency is determined to keep traffic flowing but a really important contribution comes from us motorists. If you're not confident about checking your car over, then ask the experts at your local Motor Codes approved garage.'

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Motor Codes garages will have all the information, technical expertise and parts necessary to equip motorists for the winter, as advised by the Highway Agency.

Motor Codes operates Trading Standards Institute-approved codes of practice that raise and maintain standards in the service and repair and new car sectors.

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This includes the following advice to motorists:

Check your vehicle – fuel and fluid levels, electrics and tyres – before setting out.

Be prepared with an emergency kit in your vehicle, including ice-scraper, de-icer, warm clothes and blankets, torch, boots, first-aid kit, jump leads, a spade, a road atlas and sunglasses (for winter glare).

Plan your journeys. Check weather and travel conditions before and during your journey.

If the weather is very severe, consider whether your journey is essential or travel at a different time. In winter, the weather can change quickly so always be prepared for bad weather.

Remember that even when roads have been treated with salt, ice can still form, particularly on bends or under overhanging trees.

You can get more advice on winter driving at and find your nearest Motor Codes approved garage at where Motor Codes garages can also obtain further information.

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