CHRISTMAS PERIOD OPENING TIMES
Monday 25th December 2023 – Closed
Tuesday 26th December 2023 – Closed
Wednesday 27th December 2023 – 8:30 – 17:30
Thursday 28th December 2023 – 8:30 – 17:30
Friday 29th December 2023 – 8:30 – 17:30
Saturday 30th December 2023 – 8:30 – 14:00
Sunday 31st December 2023 – Closed
Monday 1st January 2024 – Closed
Open as Normal From Tuesday 2nd January 2024
Tips to stay safe on the road in winter times –
- We recommend at least 3mm of tread for the winter.
- Don’t let air out of your tyres to get more grip – it doesn’t work, and it’s unsafe.
- Only use snow chains if there’s enough snow to prevent damage to the road.
- Think about getting winter tyres or all-season tyres – these are made from a special rubber that gives better grip in cold, wet conditions.
Antifreeze only costs a few pounds, but a frozen and cracked engine costs hundreds to repair. You need a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water for the winter – this protects your engine down to -34C. Most modern cars use long-life antifreeze. Make sure you use the right type. Some types of antifreeze need changing after only two years. Check your service schedule.
Batteries and electrics
- Turn off electrical loads like lights, heated rear window and wipers before trying to start the engine.
- Use the starter in short five-second bursts.
- If the engine doesn’t start quickly, wait 30 seconds between attempts.
- If you don’t use your car often, give it a regular overnight trickle charge.
A continuous squealing noise when you start up probably means the water pump’s frozen – it’s the fan belt slipping on the pulley. Stop the engine straight away and let it thaw out. This could take days unless you can move it into a heated garage.
If your car overheats a few miles from home, it’s likely that the radiator has frozen. Stop straight away so you don’t cause more serious damage.
- Clean your windscreen inside and out.
- Keep the windscreen and other windows clear of dirt, snow and stickers, to avoid a fine.
- Clear snow from the roof – it can fall onto the windscreen and block your view.
- Air-con demists the screen faster and reduces condensation.
- Replace worn or damaged wiper blades.
- Don’t leave your wipers on auto when you park up if there’s a risk of frost. If the blades freeze to the screen, you could damage the blades or wiper motor when you turn the ignition on.
- Use a suitable additive in your screenwash to reduce the chance of it freezing.
- Make sure all lights are working and lenses clean.
- If the roads are really mucky you might have to clean your lights after every trip.
- Keep number plates clean, to avoid fines.
- If you have to clear snow, don’t forget the lights – front and back.
- You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t dazzle other drivers or obscure your brake lights.