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Winter motoring tips – coping with cold, snow and ice

Of all the seasons, winter requires the most care and preparation if you’re to stay safe and avoid a breakdown says The AA.

Specifically if you run an autogas LPG fuelled car, you will notice the time it takes for the car to switch from running on petrol to LPG after you’ve started your vehicle will be a little longer as the engine takes longer to warm up. Also, you may find the speed at which your tank fills up when you refuel will be a little longer too as, when the ambient temperature is cold, LPG becomes harder to pump through the refuelling system into your vehicle.

Here’s a brief overview of some of the general things to be aware of in these cold & dark months. The full advice from The AA can be found here –> ‘The AA – Winter driving; Coping with cold, snow and ice’

Battery and electrics – Lights, heaters and wipers put high demands on the car battery. If your driving is mainly dark rush-hour trips, the battery will give out eventually.
Antifreeze – You need a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water in the cooling system for winter. This gives maximum protection down to -34° centigrade, and without it, severe engine damage costing hundreds of pounds can occur.
Vision – Keep the windscreen and other windows clear – if your vision is obscured through dirt, snow or even sticker-infested car windows you could face a hefty fine.
Visibility – Make sure that all bulbs are working and that lenses are clean. You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced.
Tyres – The AA recommend at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring, and certainly no less than 2mm.
Before you go – Get up at least 10 minutes early to give you time to prepare the car & don’t drive off like a tank-commander, with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen!
Driving in snow and ice – Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving – stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.

The above points have been taken from The AA website page ‘Driving in Winter‘.

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