ARE YOU READY FOR WINTER?
To get you ready for winter at PR Motors we are offering a FREE winter check for your vehicles.
This check consists of:
|We check your brake pads for wear and advise you if they need changing.|
|Batteries only last approximately 2/3 years, and without one you could be stranded.
We test and report on the battery strength.
Fluid top up
Coolant – anti freeze
|The minimum legal tread level is 1.6mm. During winter it’s advisable to have 3mm of tread on your tyres to help with traction and grip.
We check the all pressures and tread, including your spare.
Lights – electrics
All external lights – headlamps, sidelights, indication lights
Horn wipers and washer
Hints and tips
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Demist your windscreen quickly:
- Start the heater off on cold and direct at the windscreen and windows, slowly increase the temperature
- Turn on air conditioning to keep the atmosphere dry
- If you have no air conditioning, open windows
Driving in snow or ice
- Avoid harsh braking and acceleration, or sharp steering.
- Always reduce your speed smoothly and in plenty of time on slippery surfaces.
- Slow down in plenty of time before bends and corners.
- To slow down on ice and snow, lift the gas early to allow the speed to drop sufficiently to select a lower gear. If you need to use the brakes, use very gentle pressure depressing the clutch early to avoid stalling the engine.
- Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front. You may need up to TEN TIMES the normal distance for braking.
- In snow, stop frequently to clean the windows, wheel arches, lights and number plates. Visibility will probably be reduced, so use dipped headlights.
Driving in Rain
- Rain reduces your ability to see and greatly increases the distance required to slow down and stop.
- Remember that you will need about TWICE your normal braking distance.
- Use windscreen wipers, washers and dipped headlights; drive smoothly and plan your manoeuvres in plenty of time.
Driving in fog
- Reduce speed and keep it down
- Switch on headlights and fog lamps if visibility is reduced.
- If you can see the vehicles to your rear, the drivers behind can see you – switch off your rear fog lamps to avoid dazzling them.
- Use the demister and windscreen wipers.
When extreme weather is possible, keep an emergency kit in your car, especially if you’re going on a long journey
- Tow rope
- A shovel
- Wellington boots
- A hazard warning triangle
- De-icing equipment
- First aid kit
- A working torch
- A blanket
- Warm clothes
- Emergency Rations (including hot drink in a flask – non-alcoholic, of course)
- Mobile Phone (fully charged)
We’re of course always more than happy to give advice or further detail on any of these things….