#StaySafeWinter Day 1: Coping with cold, snow and ice.

How to stay safe and avoid a breakdown this winter

Breakdowns are more common in the winter and road conditions can be really challenging, especially when snow and ice strike. Here's how to stay safe...

No matter how well equipped your own car is, if a lorry jack-knifes ahead of you, you'll be stuck along with everyone else, so if you're driving, pack a winter emergency kit, just in case.

Batteries and electrics

Car batteries rarely last longer than five years, and there are extra demands on them in the winter, thanks to lights, heating and wipers.


  • Turn off electrical loads like lights, heated rear window and wipers before trying to start the engine.

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