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#92445 - 23rd Feb 2005 9:08am Drive Carefully !
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2 of our members have skidded out of control within the last few days narrowly avoiding serious damage to there cars.

The roads are slippy, black ice, wet roads, just slow down a little rather than right your car off. Slow down for that corner, leave a bigger gap between you and the car in-front.

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Advice & checklists

Winter motoring


Not preparing a car for winter motoring could increase the risk of an inconvenient upset such as a breakdown. With this in mind, this information has been compiled to help you in the preparation of your vehicle for the cold winter months.

Preparing your car
The most important items to look at first.

Check your vehicle is regularly serviced by consulting your service book. It can be all too easy to overlook the correct service date. Consider visiting your local dealer for a winter service.

Check the operation of all exterior lights to ensure they comply with any legal requirements. All headlights and indicator lenses must be free from any damage such as cracks or missing glass or plastic. Remember to keep the lights clean.

Check front and rear wiper blades for wear or splitting. Do check windscreen washers making sure that they are adjusted correctly. Screen wash additive should be added to prevent freezing in winter.

Ensure all dashboard warning lights operate correctly. If not, consult your owner's handbook or call your local dealer.

Check oil and water levels. Ensure they are topped up correctly. Pay particular attention to the anti-freeze content of the cooling system. Check your owner's handbook for information on the recommended anti freeze to use.

Inspect your battery electrolyte level topping this up with distilled water if necessary. Do check the battery connections ensuring that they are tight and free from any corrosion. Do not forget that battery acid is highly corrosive to skin and paint work.

Make sure the fan belt is of the correct tension and in good condition, remove, adjust or replace as required. Ensure ignition key is removed from the vehicle before checking.

Tyre condition should be checked, (inc. the spare) for tyre pressure and legal tread depth. The current minimum legal tread depth for cars and light commercial vehicles (up to 3500 kg gvw') is 1.6mm. Note, it is generally acknowledged that the greater the tread depth, the more efficient the tyre is of clearing water in its path, making driving in poor conditions safer.

Inspect the jack and wheel brace making sure you are confident about their use. If locking wheel nuts are fitted , ensure locking key is safely stowed away in the car. It may be useful to practice changing the spare wheel following instructions from your owner's handbook.

Inspect car keys for wear and condition, replacing if necessary , Remember, a worn key will quickly wear out a lock barrel causing the lock to jam. Make sure you have a spare set of keys for your car in a safe place. This also applies to alarm fobs. It is worth noting that batteries in the fob will also require replacement at least twice a year, to maintain operating performance.

Consider the option of air conditioning when buying a new car. This can be useful in winter as in summer to help demist your vehicle quickly and reduce condensation.

Note: If you are in any doubt about these tips consult your owner's handbook or your local dealer.


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#92446 - 23rd Feb 2005 9:21am Re: Drive Carefully !
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Was out at work at 5:30 am this morning, luckily the roads wern't that bad.

I wouldn't like to have to make an emergency stop in a car without ABS, make sure you leave a big gap between you and the car in front weather you have ABS or not.

I believe it is not advisible to swop worn tires at the front with newer tyres at the back, you are best just letting them wear down?
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#92447 - 23rd Feb 2005 2:10pm Re: Drive Carefully !
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Thanks Scooby!


All be it a little late, but thanks <img border="0" alt="[Roll around the floor laffin]" title="" src="graemlins/cwemotions065.gif" />

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#92448 - 23rd Feb 2005 2:26pm Re: Drive Carefully !
Tony MK2 Offline
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Cheers Scooby

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#92449 - 23rd Feb 2005 5:17pm Re: Drive Carefully !
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Quote:
Originally posted by Scooby:
2 of our members have skidded out of control
it wasn't that bad :rolleyes: <img border="0" alt="[Roll around the floor laffin]" title="" src="graemlins/cwemotions065.gif" />

if only u posted this last week <img border="0" alt="[Roll around the floor laffin]" title="" src="graemlins/cwemotions065.gif" />

good info though smile

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#92450 - 23rd Feb 2005 5:21pm Re: Drive Carefully !
AL Offline
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Defintely good advice thumbsup

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#92451 - 23rd Feb 2005 5:50pm Re: Drive Carefully !
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OMG!! the snow up here today was awful.4 inches and it was fresh as a daisy.i was the second person to drive the 200m stretch to the camp gates.Very very slippy.Keep revs down!!!

In snowy conditions cars with fat tyres are at a disadvantage to skinny tired cars
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#92452 - 23rd Feb 2005 6:28pm Re: Drive Carefully !
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Cheers for the advice scooby!
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#92453 - 23rd Feb 2005 6:34pm Re: Drive Carefully !
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awwww adam lol smile

Thanks scooby, I shall warn other members smack

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#92454 - 24th Feb 2005 9:54am Re: Drive Carefully !
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Having warned everyone, Boy am i having some serious drifting fun in this weather think

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#92455 - 24th Feb 2005 11:54am Re: Drive Carefully !
Tony MK2 Offline
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Arial,Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Arial,Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Scooby:
<strong> Having warned everyone, Boy am i having some serious drifting fun in this weather no
only jokin scooby thumbsup

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#92456 - 24th Feb 2005 12:17pm Re: Drive Carefully !
Meesh Offline
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Quote:
Originally posted by Scooby:
Having warned everyone, Boy am i having some serious drifting fun in this weather think
Pay me and you can borrow the Fiesta laugh <img border="0" alt="[Roll around the floor laffin]" title="" src="graemlins/cwemotions065.gif" />

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#92457 - 24th Feb 2005 12:28pm Re: Drive Carefully !
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I want another 200, but the guy still hasnt come to collect the Skyline thumbsdown
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#92458 - 24th Feb 2005 4:37pm Re: Drive Carefully !
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Pay me and you can borrow the Fiesta
Front wheel drive just aint the same matey smack

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#92459 - 24th Feb 2005 4:40pm Re: Drive Carefully !
Meesh Offline
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worth a try lol

just need some money right now laugh

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