Tips to ensure safe winter driving

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF), the trade association for the retail motor industry, has issued a list of tips to ensure that British motorists enjoy a safe winter of driving.

Its first tip is to use a de-icer on car windows on cold mornings, "never use hot water", RMIF warned drivers.

It is also worth checking that the antifreeze in the car is fresh. Insufficient or ‘old’ anti-freeze can cause hose, water pump or other major units to fail which can in turn lead to overheating.

The RMIF stressed that anti-freeze should be changed every two years due to the deterioration of the corrosion inhibitors, or according to manufacturer recommendations.

Spraying damp inhibitor into the door locks to prevent seizing up might help you avoid the dreaded scenario of having to climb into the car Dukes of Hazzard-style through the window.

An emergency winter travel kit should be packed on every journey made in severe weather. A torch, jump leads, spare clothing and a rope for towing are just some of the items that sensible motorists should cram into the kit box.

Written by Shep Robson


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  1. I have found that plastic screen scrapers damage windscreen.I will not use them again.
    How do you open window when door locks are frozen preventing the door from opening?
    Many modern cars have ECU’S damaged if jump leads are not used correctly,this also includes JUMP PACKS.
    I would also suggest that some food and liquid(not alcoholic)refreshment be carried.A small spade would useful.
    Good tyres with satisfactory tread and inflated to correct pressure is essential.
    Many 4×4 drivers are misguided into thinking that they can cope with the bad weather but cannot because the vehicle is on normal! road tyres.