It is that time of year again, time to get ready for a cold snap!
Recent forecasts have said that we are about to experience some extremely cold winter weather, which means drivers need to be prepared for adverse driving conditions.
First Things First – Tyres!
Whist BMW drivers can benefit from increased grip thanks to the intelligent xDrive system, the addition of genuine BMW Winter Tyres will improve safety on the road further. These tyres are made of a special rubber silica compound that remains flexible at incredibly low temperatures in a design that incorporates an innovative groove. The result is improved grip, propulsion and driving responsiveness that can help you stop safely and quickly in wet conditions.
Did you know? The performance of ordinary tyres is compromised when temperatures drop below 7°C.
Having the right tyres may be an obvious feature of a winter check list, but there is more to safe motoring than having good grip. Good visibility is essential, as is a happy engine – check out this winter checklist:
Antifreeze: Must have the correct concentration to give cold weather protection.
Battery: Believe it or not, the biggest cause of winter breakdowns according to the AA. Get it checked, and if it is over 5 years old, consider getting it replaced.
Lights: The long dark days means it is even more important to check that all your lights work!
Windscreen: Keep it clean to reduce glare, and check the wiper blades for wear and tear.
Screenwash: An essential factor for good visibility. A 50:50 ratio of screen wash to water reduces the chance of freezing in low temperatures.
Fuel: Always make sure you have plenty in the tank as adverse driving conditions often lead to delays and redirected routes in the event of road closures.
Did you know? Reports state that twice as many accidents happen in the winter compared to the summer.
Cooper BMW offer a FREE winter health check, because we believe that peace of mind doesn’t have to come at a cost.
So, your car is ready for the cold weather – but are you? Here are some essential items to take on a journey! Remember, these aren’t necessarily just for your use – you can help others in need too.
- Emergency Accessories
- Battery jump leads
- Cardboard or carpet in case stuck
- Bottled water
- High energy snacks
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Salt sticks – to melt problem patches of snow and ice
- Tow rope
Did you know? You don’t have to buy brand new tyres every time the weather changes! Cooper BMW will store your summer tyres for a small fee until it is time to switch back in spring!
Finally – it isn’t all doom and gloom looking at the cold season ahead! BMW have accessories suitable for exciting activities in a winter wonderland.
Roof mounted ski and snowboard holder – A lockable holder for 2 pairs of skis and 2 snowboards or 6 pairs of skis and poles. Easy fit system means that no tools are needed for mounting.
Snowboard and ski holdall - Designed to fit in the boot of a BMW, this bag can accommodate 4 pairs of skis or 3 snowboards and the handles mean that it is a practical accessory outside the car too.