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How to Get Your Car Winter Ready

HOW TO GET YOUR CAR WINTER READY Planning a winter road trip? Before you set off there are a number of things you should check to make sure your vehicle is winter ready: el TYRES It is important to make sure you have plenty of tread on your tyres, we recommend changing them if you have any less than 3mm. Make sure your tyre pressures are correct as incorrect tyre pressures will reduce the life and performance of your tyres. You may also want to consider winter tyres. ENGINE DIL Oil lubricates the moving parts inside an engine and to maintain the health of your engine it is vital that you check your cars oil level regularly. It is also important that your engine oil is replaced at the correct service intervals. Due to cold temperatures some engines will require different oil during winter, check your manual to see if you need to change yours. BATTERY Due to cold temperatures your car battery is most likely to fail during the winter months. Check that the connections are tight and the terminals are corrosion free. If your car battery is more than 3 years old we recommend you get it tested to make sure its not going to leave you stranded. WIPER BLADES Check that your wiper blades completely clear the windscreen with each swipe and replace if they fail to do so. Regular washer fluid will freeze in cold temperatures so ensure you fil your washer fluid reservoir with the correct mixture. ANTIFREEZE If your engine coolant freezes it could cause serious damage your engine. To make sure this doesn't happen replace your engine coolant with a 50/50 water/antifreeze mix. It is also important to check your radiator hoses as the cold weather can cause c rubber resulting in a leak. damage to the FUEL Cold temperatures can cause moisture to buikd up in your fuel tank, if the moisture freezes it can result in serious damage. Keeping your fuel tank above half full will prevent this as the fuel will absorb moisture before it builds up. If you are unsure on any of these checks Thames Motor Group offer a FREE 23-point winter check. Visit WINTER SURVIVAL KIT ICE SCRAPER The Ice Scraper is an essential tool against the winter frost and should be carried in every car during the winter months. GLOVES Scraping the ice off your windscreen can be a cold and unpleasant task but gloves will keep your hands dry and warm. FLUID TOP UPS Screen Wash tends to be used more through the Winter months than during the Summer so it would be good to carry spare. SNOW SHOVEL When your path is blocked by snow a snow shovel is essent ial for digging your car out and getting you back on track. ROAD SALT Roads Salt will melt ice and give ROAD SALT your tyres grip. If you can't find any though Sand and Kitty Litter are also effective. FOOD AND WATER It is a good idea to carry some food and water in your car in case you get stranded. NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES? If you think your car might fail to make it through this winter here's our pick of the best 4x4's on the market to suit a range of budgets: FIAT PANDA 4X4 This nippy little city car is pretty much in a league of its own. It's vastly economical to purchase, and perfect for more urban environments in which a larger 4x4 might struggle. It is easy to park thanks to the short overhangs and light steering. A perfect 4x4 option for the city lover during the winter period. FIAT PANDA CROSS If you feel that the Panda 4x4 is a ittle too 'habitual for your next car, then take a look at the inquisitive Panda Cross as another option. This vehicle is cortainly one for off-road lovers; it takes a regular Panda 4x4 model and bulks u essentials, adding a front bumperskid plate, additional protection around the headlights, and matching armour around the sides and rear. on the winter JEEP CHEROKEE The Jeep Cherokee is a SUV that offers something a little different to other Crossover models out in the market at the moment. Sticking solidly to its roots, you'll find it hard to confuse this car with anything else on the rood. Jeep's trademark seven-bar grille has been given n overhaul on this model; giving the a design Cherokee an intimidating look from the front. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE With a facelift given to this model in 2014, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is a formidable off-roader that has been tailored to suit the lives of today's driver and families. It comes loaded with equipment and is a relaxed cruiser when on-rood, thanks to its air-springs in higher-spec model options. JEEP WRANGLER If you want to look like you belong in the barracks whilst on the road, then take a look at the Jeep Wrangler as your perfect winter vehicle. Out of all of the models available from Jeep, the Wrangler is the true off-rooder that allows for precise and fun-filled driving on difficult terrain. To put it simply. the Jeep Wrangler can go where most other cars simply can't. JEEP RENEGADE COMING SOON The Jeep Renegade is going to be a more budget-friendly version of the Cherokee, with the same driving ability offered when on not-so-friendly road conditions. Winter driving won't be a problem for the new Renegade, as there will be both front-wheel and 4-wheel-drive options available. FIAT SOOX COMING SOON You can't disagree that the 500 model has been Fiat's most successful vehicle to date. So to ensure longevity with its customer base, Fiat have announced the launch of the new Fiat 500x, a gorgeous a 500 family Uus and overwhelming SUV option into its For more information on any of these 4x4's visit Thames Motor Group Jeep emoen

How to Get Your Car Winter Ready

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Is your car ready to tackle winter? We have created this useful Infographic to help you make sure your car is winter ready.Will your car survive this winter? Using this infographic you can carry out s...


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