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Ballymena has been forecast some snowy weather coming up. It certainly is cold enough and if you are out and about please take care.
We have written this blog post especially for those of us who have to venture out and drive in the snowy weather. The AA have lots of great advice which is worth a read for even the most experienced driver. Please give this a read and share it with any of your family or friends who dread driving in the 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…
Car batteries rarely last longer than five years, and there are extra demands on them in the winter, thanks to lights, heating and wipers.
Antifreeze only costs a few pounds, but a frozen and cracked engine costs hundreds to repair. You need a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water for the winter – this protects your engine down to -34C. Most modern cars use long-life antifreeze. Make sure you use the right type. Some types of antifreeze need changing after only two years. Check your service schedule.
A continuous squealing noise when you start up probably means the water pump’s frozen – it’s the fan belt slipping on the pulley. Stop the engine straight away and let it thaw out. This could take days unless you can move it into a heated garage.
If your car overheats a few miles from home, it’s likely that the radiator has frozen. Stop straight away so you don’t cause more serious damage.
We recommend at least 3mm of tread for the winter.
Take it slow – with stopping distances 10 times longer, gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving in ice and snow.
Our tips to help you on the road? Well first of all set the alarm a little earlier than usual to allow you the extra time you need to defrost and deal with the winter traffic. Avoid small country roads if you can, main roads are more likely to have been gritted. Also be patient with other road users – it can be frustrating to see other road users being overly cautious but bear in mind that lots of drivers are anxious when the weather is snowy.
If we do get some snow soon then please take care of yourselves, especially on the roads. Please share this article with your friends and family and help them to keep safe on the winter roads too.
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