Winter Driving

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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The first combined summer and winter tyre of its type arrives


  1. Posted on April 30th, 2015 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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Car battery care tips


  1. Posted on February 4th, 2015 by Rob Marshall
  2. With batteries being sealed, they tend to be ignored, until they are subjected to an outpouring of disgust, when they fail to start an engine. With cold weather reducing their capacities and making engines harder to start, the savvy car owner can save money and reduce the chance of battery let-down, by following these ten […]

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Winter car maintenance tips


  1. Posted on November 11th, 2014 by Rob Marshall
  2. Now that the leaves are in free-fall, thoughts are turning to switching on the heating, wrapping up warm and, if you are anything like Mrs M, making Christmas preparations. Yet, do not forget that, no matter how new, or advanced, might be your car, winter checks are necessary, to reduce the risks of you being […]

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Winter Driving


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. If the past three winters have been anything to go by, then we can soon expect some challenging driving conditions as another winter sets in. Of course, it’s impossible to predict exactly what weather we will have to deal with, and conditions can vary so much from one place to another. But it does make […]

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Winter Driving Abroad


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. Your guide to safer winter driving on foreign roads, whether you’re in your own car or a rented vehicle. Be prepared What to expect Tactics for safer driving to the slopes Legal requirements Snow tyres and snow chains Fitting snow chains FAQ’s Be prepared If you’re heading for a great winter holiday in the Alps, […]

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Winter Driving Checklist


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. The British winter is unpredictable, so It pays to ensure your car is properly prepared for use while the weather can be at its coldest and most challenging. Introduction Lights Tyres Windscreen Maintenance Take with you GEM – Winter Driving Leaflet and Video Introduction It is worth remembering that bad weather can strike suddenly – and […]

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Winter driving


  1. Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. If recent winters have been anything to go by, then we can soon expect some challenging driving conditions as another winter sets in. Of course, it’s impossible to predict exactly what weather we will have to deal with, and conditions can vary so much from one place to another. But it does make sense to […]

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