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Winter Driving: top tips

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Postby MonPro » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:00 pm

We all know winter is the season where it pays to take that bit of extra care behind the wheel. And as temperatures start to plummet, were reminded all too soon of the many hazards winter driving can bring.

In fact, government research shows that accidents on UK roads increase considerably during the colder months. And its not just snow and ice that pose a threat rain can be just as hazardous at this time of year.

So with this in mind, we thought now would be a good time to go over a few top tips for safe winter driving.

Before you head off:

>> Check your wipers arent frozen to the windscreen

>> Top up your anti-freeze and keep a spare bottle in the car

>> Clean your headlamps and windows to improve visibility

>> Keep windscreen and headlamp washer fluid topped up to avoid freezing

>> Check the condition, pressure and tread depth of all your tyres (at least 3mm), or consider switching to a set of Mercedes-BenzCold Weather Tyreswhich significantly improve traction and stability

>> Stow a few emergency items in your car, for example: blankets, waterproof coats, water, food and a torch with spare batteries.

When Driving:

>> Avoid sudden braking or acceleration which could result in a loss of grip

>> Keep your distance and watch your speed remember stopping distances increase considerably in wet and icy conditions

>> Make good use of lights, including fog lights, to ensure other road users can see you

>> Stay on main roads as much as possible to avoid ungritted areas

>> Always allow extra time for your journey

Severe weather can really take its toll on your car contact your localMercedes-Benz Retailertoday to find out about Winter Heath Checks carried out by our specialist technicians.

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