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Do you need to drive in winter weather? A 4x4 might be the answer.

For many of us the thought of a winter trip to the Highlands or Islands has us thinking of our beautiful Scotland with snow capped mountains and peaceful lochs. Perhaps the day would end with a dram of whisky while sitting by a blazing coal fire? 

In reality this is all very possible, but our winters can be harsh and quickly changeable so it is really important to take good care and be well prepared for any journey. Check the route you're intending to travel and have an alternative in mind. It may well take longer to reach your destination so bear this in mind, when thinking about leaving/arrival times. Ensure that your vehicle is well maintained and serviced, ready for the winter.

•Lights, windows and mirrors must be free from snow as well as the roof and bonnet to avoid blowing snow reducing your visibility.
•Always have a scraper and de-icer with you in the car and make sure you have anti-freeze in the radiator and screenwash.
•Ensure that lights and wipers are working well.
•The minimum legal limit of tread is 1.6mm. For winter driving at least 3mm is recommended. Check them.

Be prepared for severe weather and keep an emergency kit in the car. Nourishing snacks a hot flask and extra clothing or blankets would be needed if you were stranded.
Additionally consider:
•a spade/snow shovel and torch.
•a high visibility vest so that if you leave your car you are clearly seen.
•a mobile phone and charger.
•battery jump leads, tow ropes and a warning triangle

If driving in snow and/or severe conditions is a regular part of your life, a 4 wheel-drive is the safest option. Have a look at these current deals - and speak to us if you no longer want to drive a rear wheel drive this winter.

Kia Sportage Diesel Estate 2.0 CRDi KX-1 5dr From £197.58 + VAT per month

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Posted on 27th October 2015 at 2:07 PM

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