Winter Driving

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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The benefits of cold-weather tyres


  1. Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. The benefits of cold-weather tyres in the winter commute When cocooned within a comfortable vehicle interior, many drivers become unaware that the ground temperature during early morning and evening tends to dip below a notional seven degrees Celsius, which results in a reduction of the grip levels of many ’summer’ tyres, as their rubber becomes […]

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Avoid a winter breakdown in five easy steps


  1. Posted on November 9th, 2015 by James Luckhurst
  2. 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 car essentials is the best way of ensuring reliability in the months to come, says GEM. GEM chief executive David Williams MBE comments: “ The last thing anyone […]

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Anti-freeze facts


  1. Posted on September 29th, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. With colder weather on the way, our Technical Advisor provides ten little-known facts about car engine antifreeze. 1. Engine anti-freeze provides not only cold-weather protection but also a vital anti-corrosion role. While garages can test the strength of the anti-freezing properties, it cannot assess the anti-corrosion additives. 2. The vital anti-corrosion properties diminish over time. […]

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