Winter Driving

Free Winter Health Check

When you bring in your vehicle for a winter health check, we carry out a comprehensive inspection in order to promote safe driving and to help maintain your car's performance. Included in the check will be the following:

  • Engine oil level

  • Coolant level

  • Screen wash fluid level

  • Steering Fluid level

  • Battery Security and Electrolyte level

  • Brake fluid level

  • Clutch Fluid level

  • Auto Transmission Fluid level

  • All Wiper Blades for security and condition

  • All tyre pressures including spare

  • Tyres for condition/damage

  • Operation of all external lights

  • All glass and mirrors for cracks/chips

  • Radiator and coolant hoses for condition, security and leaks

  • Fan/Alternator & PAS belts for condition and security

Winter Tyres

Winter tyre performance is not just about dealing with snowy conditions. Below 7oc, winter tyres offer more grip and shorten braking distances by up to 10% on wet, and up to 20% on icy roads. During the months between October and April, the average temperature is usually 7oc and below, exactly where winter tyres can help. These tyres would also help the 48% of motorists who have an accident in the winter that is attributed to skidding.*

With Volvo you have the option of ordering a combination of alloy wheel and premium tyre packages, a set of four premium tyres or individual premium tyres. Lookers Volvo Colchester offer 16", 17" or 18" tyres and packages, dependant on model and existing wheels fitted to the vehicle.

For more information on our winter tyres and the Special Offers we have available please contact us.

*Source: Pirelli

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Winter Accessories

Enjoy winter with season specific accessories from ski racks and snowboard holders, to loadspace liners and rubber mats. Personalise your Volvo to suit your needs with a range of accessories and lifestyle products.

Winter Driving Tips

Check Your Anti-Freeze

Neglecting to check and replace the anti-freeze in your car’s radiators can result in costly problems with your engine. If the radiator freezes then the car will begin to overheat very quickly, and you will need to stop the car and allow the radiator to thaw so that the coolant can circulate again.

Check Your Lights

Car lights Visibility is key in winter, not just you being able to see, but other drivers seeing you. You must check that all your lights are working, including break lights and reverse lights and that they are clean and aimed in the correct direction.

Keep Your Windscreen Clean

The roads are very dirty in the winter so make sure you have enough wiper fluid on-board and that your wiper blades are in good working order. Any cracks or chips in your windscreen can worsen the dazzling effect of the sun, so best to get them seen to.

Replace Your Battery If It Shows Any Signs of Failure

Having your battery fail in the depths of winter can be a big problem. A battery will generally last for 5 years so if it is at the end of its life you should think about replacing it. If the engine doesn’t start quickly leave 30 seconds between attempts to give the battery time to recover and make sure all non-essential lights are turned off to help protect battery life.

Check Your Tyres

You should regularly check your tyres all year round, but it is essential to check them in the winter, as roads are wet and slippery. At least 3mm of tread is recommended for winter driving and you should also make sure that the pressure on all your tyres is correct. You shouldn’t reduce your tyre pressure to get more grip, it doesn’t work! You should also make sure that you have a jack in the car and that you know how to change a tyre.

Use Your Brakes Properly

The key to safe braking in bad weather is to do everything gently. Drive slower and apply the brakes gently well in advance of any danger to avoid skidding. If you do end up skidding, release the brakes and de-clutch. After going through any deep water or snow, check your brakes as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Whether you are embarking on a long journey this winter or travelling a short distance to visit friends, you could find yourself stranded at any time. It is important to make sure that you are carrying the following items in your car.

  • Jump leads

  • Warm clothes and blanket

  • Ice scraper and de-icer

  • Torch

  • First aid kit

  • Food & warm drink

  • Snow shovel

  • Reflective warning triangle

  • Map for any detours

  • Prepare For Your Journey

Avoid stressful journeys this winter, get up 10 minutes earlier to prepare your car. Scrape all of the ice or snow from your windscreen, not just a small section in the drivers’ side. Check live traffic updates and weather updates as you travel. If you are visiting friends or family, let them know what time to expect you and which route you’re taking.

Adjust Your Driving

During the winter many roads are usually treated with grit or salt, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t hit any ice, or worse still, black ice. Remember that stopping distances are 10 times longer when driving in ice and snow. Slow down when you come to junctions, corners and going under bridges. Be aware that ice may be worse on roads that are used infrequently.

Getting Moving Again

If you do get stuck in the snow this winter, straighten up your wheels, clear the snow from in front of them and lay down some form of grip such as soil or sand. Once the car is moving again try not to stop until you are on firmer ground. 

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