As we delve deeper into winter, our roads become more challenging, whether it’s wind, heavy rain or even snow. Here are our top tips for dealing with the British weather.
Prepare before you leave
Make sure your tyres have a good amount of tread and your car is properly maintained before you head out, particularly during a downpour or if it’s icy. Cold weather can cause tyres to lose pressure, batteries to charge more slowly and engine fluids like oil to thicken, which can make the car slower to warm up.
It’s also a good idea to keep a box of warm clothes, a bottle of water and a torch in your car; you never know when you might get stuck.
Know your systems
Modern cars have a range of electronic systems designed to help the car drive smoothly, such as ABS (anti-lock braking system) and ESP (electronic stability program). In snow and ice, it’s important to understand how these systems work, and how they affect your journey.
“It’s important to know what the system feels like, a judder sensation under the foot. It is important to understand that ABS not only stops you in a shorter distance, it also provides valuable steering control under braking.”
Snow and Ice
As well as good preparation, keeping your car in good condition can be one of the best ways to prevent problems relating to the cold. Take a look at our Service Care plans, so that your car will be maintained year round for less than a cup of coffee a day: http://www.mercedes-benzretailgroup.co.uk/mercedes-benz-cars/service-parts/care/