Land Rover safety tips for winter

Could we be in for a cold winter this year? Media reports are predicting a long and snowy season for 2015/16. So it’s time to carry out some Land Rover safety checks to make sure you and your trusty off-roader are all set for winter – whatever the weather has in store. Check out our Land Rover safety tips to prepare your vehicle for the cold months ahead.

Essential checks

Avoid slippery situations and make sure the cold doesn’t harm your vehicle by carrying out some essential Land Rover safety checks before the onset of winter. Here’s what you need to check:

  • Tyres – tread depth.  This is really important to help you stay safe in wet and icy conditions.
  • Antifreeze and coolant – are they topped up and are they strong enough? These protect the engine and electrical system so you need to make sure they’re functioning.
  • Wiper blades – in poor visibility your wiper blades are a vital safety feature.
  • Lights – Stay safe and be seen in the dark of winter. Especially important if you’ll be venturing away from the security of street lights.
  • Brakes – always essential of course, and absolutely vital to check before tackling potentially slippery surfaces in winter.

Why not call in to Broadfields for a free winter check?

Driving in winter conditions

Once your Land Rover safety checks are complete, it’s time to have some fun! Winter driving can be a blast, and if the forecasts are correct there will be swathes of snowy landscape to navigate with your Land Rover. Always be prepared – check out our tips for driving safely in winter conditions:

  • Stock up. Don’t get stuck without supplies. Make sure you’re topped up with fuel and always carry some basic equipment in your Land Rover, including a shovel (for digging your way out of the snow), tow rope and mobile phone. Don’t forget supplies for yourself as well. Bring a blanket, a flask of hot drink and plenty of food, just in case you are stranded in the cold. See our guide to off road driving for more advice on what to take.
  • Get kitted out. Consider using snow chains on your Land Rover to improve your grip in the snow and ice. Make sure you know how to use them before heading out.
  • Use your intelligence. Land Rover’s intelligent Terrain Response system, that is! This clever feature can be programmed to adjust your Land Rover’s settings to drive optimally in snow, as well as other distinctive terrain types. (It goes without saying that you’ll also need your eyes and ears and wits about you when driving in winter conditions).
  • High gears. Always use the highest gear you can to drive your Land Rover safely in ice or snow.
  • Stopping distances. When it’s wet, you need to allow more time for your vehicle to come to a stop. So always try to drive gently and ease the brakes on well in advance.

So there you have it in a nutshell – some nifty tips for Land Rover safety in winter. Don’t forget to give yourself peace of mind by booking your free winter check at Broadfields.

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