Winter Driving

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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Winter tyres, or all-season?


  1. Posted on November 25th, 2020 by Rob Marshall
  2. A stereotype of the British is that we are weather-obsessed. Perhaps this is true but, in the main, our weather is not as extreme as that of other nations. This is reflected in our tyre buying habits. Over 90% of UK tyre sales are of the ‘summer’ variety, for example. Additionally, unlike certain countries in […]

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Add screen-wash checks to your morning de-icing regime.


  1. Posted on January 20th, 2020 by Rob Marshall
  2. It is probably fair to say that much of the UK has enjoyed a relatively mild winter so far. This makes the recent cold-snap more of a shock to the system, especially first thing in the morning, when many school runs/work commutes start with a de-icing programme. One area that you might not check after […]

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Your winter driving questions answered by GEM Motoring Assist Part two: safer driving in snow


  1. Posted on December 3rd, 2018 by James Luckhurst
  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.   In this second of four advice notices, GEM road safety officer Neil Worth answers questions on driving safely in times of snow:   What is […]

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Diesel Particulate Filters – winter advice


  1. Posted on February 23rd, 2018 by Rob Marshall
  2. Many technically-interested motorists are aware that the soot traps (DPFs or Diesel Particulate Filters) on modern cars require high temperatures to keep clean. If temperatures are too low, they clog and create a potentially expensive problem. It is unsurprising, therefore, that many DPF-related issues happen during the winter months. While much is written on the […]

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GEM issues ‘idle threat’ to motorists who leave their engines running


  1. Posted on November 14th, 2017 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Idling engines can produce twice as many emissions as an engine on the move they contribute to the 40,000 air pollution-related deaths in the UK each year switching off your engine will help improve air quality and keep you legal ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging all drivers not to leave […]

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GEM warns motorists as winter weather threatens


  1. Posted on January 11th, 2017 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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Winter weather hazards for drivers: GEM explains what makes them dangerous


  1. Posted on December 19th, 2016 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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Brighten up behind, GEM urges drivers using daytime running lights


  1. Posted on November 21st, 2016 by James Luckhurst
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging motorists to ensure they’re as visible as possible at all times. The advice comes amid concern that many drivers may be inadvertently making themselves harder to spot from behind when daytime visibility is reduced, because they’re relying on automatic lighting systems and front-only daytime running […]

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Avoid the misery of a winter breakdown with some basic car maintenance


  1. Posted on November 8th, 2016 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist is offering simple tips for drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys this winter. Giving some attention now to batteries, tyres, antifreeze, wipers, lights and other vehicle essentials is the best way of ensuring reliability in the months to come, says GEM. GEM road safety officer Neil Worth comments: “ The […]

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