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Winter Driving: Are You Prepared for It?

As the winter months roll around, the temperatures drop, the nights get longer and the driving conditions we face invariably become more unpredictable and hazardous. What makes this worse is that in our busy lives many of us can be guilty of neglecting to find the time to get properly prepared and ready for the seasonal changes, which can be quite dangerous. Some of us simply don’t know where to start when it comes to preparing our car for winter.

You’ll be pleased to know that it really isn’t that difficult, and you don’t need to be a car expert to get your vehicle ready for winter. What follows are some of the preparations you can carry out to keep you and your passengers safe:

Kitting Yourself Out with the Right Gear

To combat the changeable weather and the winter wear and tear there are items you need to have in your car. These include:

-          Road-side safety kit
-          Hi-vis jackets and extra warm coats and blankets
-          Foot-pump
-          Spare light kits
-          Tool kits
-          Jacking equipment
-          Snow shovel and de-icing equipment
-          Spare tyre (not space saving)
-          Extra washer fluid (with anti-freeze)

By having these items in your car, you can keep yourself protected in case of sudden and unexpected weather changes, as well as having the gear you need to keep you safe and warm should you become stranded close at hand.

Adapting Your Driving

It’s not all about the equipment though; there’s the physical act of driving. We all know we should drive appropriate to the conditions, and this couldn’t be more fitting when it comes to winter. Take your time, be more conscientious and keep your revs down when setting off in freezing temperatures to minimise skid risks. Equally, before you set off you should ensure all of your lights are working, your visibility is clear (no ice or mist) and your tyres have a sufficient amount of tread on them, so you don’t become a danger to other drivers.

Getting Yourself Covered

Along with the above, you should invest in some comprehensive breakdown cover, particularly if you are planning on driving abroad over winter. While you may have the right gear in your car, the last thing you want is to be waiting at the side of the road in the cold and dark without the security of somebody coming to get you and your stranded vehicle. For a relatively minor expense you can provide yourself with priceless peace of mind this winter.

Former Service Personnel to Complete 8,000 Mile Charity Road Trip across Europe

It all started with a Facebook conversation between two friends brainstorming ways in which they could raise money for their chosen charities. From here, the idea has now grown and grown and has led to an exciting and charitable reality. When Lance Corporal Paul Newland and former Wren Fiona Laing thought up the idea of the “Race for Freedom”, an 8,000 mile trip across Europe for charity, they never imagined just how incredible the support they received in response would be.  Continue reading

The Driverless Car – An Exciting Concept!

Although to many of us the idea of an autonomous car may still seem like an extremely futuristic idea, we seem to be seeing driverless cars more and more often in the headlines of late. If you’re a technology fanatic then you will no doubt already be aware that the Government have made announcements that we will be seeing the driverless car on the UK’s roads by as early as January of 2015. Continue reading

European Road Trip Essentials

Whether you’re planning a visit to German castles, journeying to French museums, stopping at Italian wineries or embarking on a full-blown Eastern European adventure, planning a road trip to the Continent takes a lot of preparation. Some people might be put off by all the planning a road trip requires, but here at Breakdown Direct we see cars as the perfect vehicle to discovery and freedom. Travelling by car means that you can see much more of a country than you would on a conventional holiday, and it’s often much more economical than travelling by public transport, planes and ferries. If you want to see for yourself, we’ve put together some tips to help you prepare. Here are five key things that we wouldn’t go on a road trip without. Continue reading

A Quick Guide to European Breakdown Cover

As a motorist, you’ll be fully aware of all the on-going costs you need to fork out to keep your car on the road, from fuel to tax, servicing to MOTs to insurance. We know that these costs have a nasty little habit of mounting up. It can be tempting to think of breakdown cover as just another inflated expense – one which can, conveniently, be skipped. But the truth is, it’s one of the essentials, however onerous you find forking out for it. No matter what car you have, or how well you look after it, you can never guarantee that your vehicle won’t breakdown. Continue reading

The Most Reliable Cars of 2014

Reliability is one of the most important aspects of a car to consider. Not only does it help to lower insurance but it also gives you a sense of safety and security. A reliable car is one that you can enjoy for many years with minimal costs towards maintenance and repairs. We’ve gathered some of this year’s most reliable cars from a range of surveys to give you an idea of the best makes to buy. Continue reading

Visit the Home of Conchita Wurst – Places to Visit in Austria on Your Driving Holiday

Popularly known as ‘The Bearded Lady’, Conchita Wurst recently bagged the winning title of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 for Austria with a powerhouse ballad, ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’. If you’re inspired to check out Conchita’s home country then there are some amazing sights to see in the beautiful alpine land of Austria this summer. Continue reading