This year, Swinton is teaming up with Goodyear to make sure more people prepare their vehicles for driving in harsh winter conditions.
Due to plummeting temperatures, ice, frost and snow, driving conditions can be dangerous in winter. But there are simple ways you can help make sure you get from A to B safely.
Before you set off anywhere, do all the basic checks. Are your windows clean? Do all your lights work? Or to be 100% sure you’re setting off with your vehicle in a suitable condition, take your car to a local fast fit centre for a basic mechanical check – most will offer it to you for free.
To help you see where you’re going, keep a snow brush, de-icer and ice scraper in your car to clear ice or snow on your windscreens, windows and mirrors.
In case you breakdown during your travels, fill your boot with a warm blanket, water, food, a torch and extra clothing. You never know, you might have to wait a while for someone to come to your rescue.
In winter, road conditions dramatically change too. So your tyres have never been more important. If you choose to use the same tyres all year round, regularly checking their tread, pressure and condition is vital.
Ideally, you need to switch to winter tyres for optimum performance in low temperatures for driving on ice, slush, snow and wet ground. 48% of car accidents in the UK are a result of skidding, so having the best tyres for road handling is very important.
For a quick look at all the reasons why you should swap to winter tyres this year, take a look at this great infographic from Goodyear Tyres.