Winter Driving

Storing petrol over winter


  1. Posted on December 8th, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. By this time of year, many people cease using certain petrol-powered machinery, until better weather arrives. These vary from classic (or cherished) motorcars to lawnmowers. Why does E10 fuel last less time in storage? While petrol has never been everlasting, the arrival of E10 unleaded from September means that ‘standard’ fuel lasts even less time […]

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Don’t be left in the dark this Hallowe’en


  1. Posted on October 27th, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. We are encouraging all road users to take extra care on any Hallowe’en excursions this Sunday. The clocks will just have gone back, meaning darkness will fall much earlier, increasing the risks for anyone using the roads.   Darker afternoons mean it’s likely to be much harder for drivers to spot pedestrians and other hazards. […]

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The first combined summer and winter tyre of its type arrives


  1. Posted on April 30th, 2021 by Rob Marshall
  2. Swapping tyres is often far from easy and the majority of motorists in the UK tend to run their cars on summer tyres all year-round. Due to the nature of our climate, there is no legal requirement to change to cold-weather (known less accurately as ‘winter’) tyres, unlike some parts of Europe. Yet, after experiencing […]

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Why your car needs a spring break – Part 2


  1. Posted on March 24th, 2021 by Rob Marshall
  2. In the second part of investigating how cars suffer from infrequent use, Rob Marshall focuses on engine oil   It seems illogical that low-speed short trips are tougher on many parts of a car than longer commutes but this is especially true with engine oil.   Oil quality is essential to long engine life. Not […]

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Don’t risk a breakdown during this cold snap


  1. Posted on January 21st, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist says a few basic vehicle checks will help ensure you’re not left stranded at the roadside during the current spell of cold weather.   According to experts at GEM, cold weather slows everything down – including the chemical reactions that take place inside car batteries. When the temperature is at 0 degrees […]

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Winter lockdown and your car – Part 2


  1. Posted on January 12th, 2021 by Rob Marshall
  2.   We continue our advice, looking at technical issues that winter brings, when using your car infrequently.   1 Starting vs driving We do not recommend starting an engine and letting it idle on your drive, or in a garage. While the exercise is unlikely to charge your battery sufficiently, it also introduces moisture into […]

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GEM warns motorists as winter weather threatens


  1. Posted on January 11th, 2021 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY AND breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging motorists to take extra care as winter weather is predicted in the next few days. Road journeys are more difficult and treacherous when there is a fall of snow, and GEM is encouraging drivers to make good use of some simple safety tips in order […]

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15 Winter Car Care Tips


  1. Posted on December 20th, 2020 by Rob Marshall
  2. As the temperatures plummet, the Internet starts to bristle with cold weather driving tips but few hints exist to encourage car longevity and reliability, during the harsh winter months. Here is GEM’s contribution: 1.   Prior to making a cold start in sub-zero temperatures, leave the ignition on for approximately five seconds, before activating the starter […]

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Winter weather hazards for drivers: GEM explains what makes them dangerous


  1. Posted on December 19th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging motorists to ensure they – and their vehicles – are ready for the potential challenges of driving in winter. GEM road safety officer Neil Worth has compiled a comprehensive line-up of common questions and answers relating to driving in heavy rain, snow, fog and […]

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Your winter driving questions answered by GEM Motoring Assist


  1. Posted on December 17th, 2020 by James Luckhurst
  2.   Your winter driving questions answered by GEM Motoring Assist Part four: safer driving when black ice threatens   ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging motorists to ensure they – and their vehicles – are ready for the potential challenges of driving in winter.   In this fourth of four advice […]

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