Here at ACC UK Ltd, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.
The blog this week is about some top winter driving tips to keep you safer on the roads. Read below to see our top tips:
If the weather is particularly bad, such as snowy conditions, or that snow is forecast to come we would recommend that you postpone your trip unless it is absolutely essential. We all know how the country can come to an absolute standstill the moment snow falls, so if you can avoid it stay off the roads. If you do have to make the journey ensure that you have a full fuel tank, your wiperblades are fully functional, there is plenty of water in the washer bottle, you have warm clothes (in case of a breakdown) and a fully charged mobile phone. Snacks and drinks in your Volvo or Toyota would be a good idea too!
Tyres – Check your tyre treads regularly – using the 20p method that we have spoken about in previous blogs. It is essential that you have good tyre health in the winter (well all year round really) however, in the winter there will be ice, lots of surface water, and the possibility of snow so your tyre health is of paramount importance. Some people prefer to fit winter tyres to their Volvo or Toyota, this is not essential and we would say it depends on where you live and they type of journeys that you are making and on what roads.
Driving Behaviour - Now winter is upon us a lot of us will be going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Adapt your driving to the situation. The roads may be very icy, or there may be way more surface water – SLOW DOWN – it’s not a race. Some roads may not be gritted in the icy conditions so go carefully. You may find it harder to see pedestrians and bike users in the dark – be mindful of other road users and leave plenty of space between you and the car infront.
Lights – Make sure that ALL of your lights are working correctly as you will be using them a lot more through the winter months – this you should be doing every week. And please don’t be that annoying wally that drives everywhere with the fog lights on when they are not required!
Brakes – When did you last check your brakes? At your last service? If you notice any brake noise, taking longer to stop your Volvo or Toyota or that the pedal is spongy we advise you to take your car to your local independent garage so that they can check your brake discs and pads. Happy Motoring Folks!
Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.