As the temperature starts to drop Chorley Group want local motorists in Lancashire to keep safer on the road as the winter bites. From ensuring your car has a winter checkup at your local dealer to making sure you have your winter shoes, here are a few top tips,

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For your motoring safety and peace of mind Chorley Group's professionally trained technicians will:

  • Carry out a full on-ramp visual inspection of your vehicle
  • Check and top up your engine oil level as necessary*
  • Check and top up your anti-freeze as necessary*
  • Check your tyres and tyre pressure and adjust as necessary
  • We offer while you wait appointments in our comfortable waiting area with complimentary refreshments, TV and Wi-Fi

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  • Preparing your car for the winter 

    In winter weather it is vital to ensure that you are visible and safe around other cars. It's a good idea to have your vehicle fully serviced before winter starts. If not, you should perform your own checks;  

    • Ensure lights (especially fog and hazard lights) are clean and working
    • The battery is fully charged. Always refer to the owner's manual or consult a specialist if you are unsure how to charge a battery manually.
    • Your windows are always clean and cleared of ice.
    • Tyres are in good condition, along with the brakes.
    • All car fluids are kept topped up, including windscreen wash which should be at the correct concentration to prevent freezing.

  • Driving in the snow and ice

    In snowy icy conditions drive gently from a standstill using second gear if it's a manual car. To reduce the loss of traction stay in the highest possible gear you can in icy conditions. If you do get stuck in snow don't accelerate excessively (spinning the wheels will only make things worse), use the steering wheel to move the car from side to side to push the blockage out of the way, whilst continuing to ensure that you are in a higher gear.

  • Keep a sensible speed

    Stopping time in icy weather can be up to 10 times more than in typical conditions, so we’d advise drivers to avoid travelling at a high speed in case of an accident. Additionally, be sure to slow down around corners and bends in case of poor visibility, but avoid harsh braking.

  • Keep both a car kit and emergency kit on hand

    Road safety bodies recommend you keep the following in your car; a tow rope, shovel, wellington boots, hazard warning triangle and de-icing equipment. In addition an emergency kit should contain; first aid kit, torch, blanket, warm clothes and a charged mobile phone. Those heading out on long journeys should also consider food and water supplies.

  • Plan accordingly

    Check your route in advance to make sure that it’s not affected by adverse weather conditions. Ensure that you have the necessary cold-weather car kit including de-icer should your journey take longer than expected.

  • Use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced

    Generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet) dipped headlights are needed. You may also use front or rear fog lights but ensure that you switch them off when visibility improves

  • Check your grip on the road surface

    Where there is snow or ice check this by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise.

    For further information, tips and advice, contact your local branch.

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