Drivers urged to prepare for winter

In an effort to help motorists prepare their cars for the winter, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is offering drivers timely advice, including the need to check car tyres.

As weather forecasters predict snowfall around the UK in the coming days,IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "Bad weather can strike quickly, and more severely than you expect, so now is the time to give your car a health-check before winter conditions take their toll."

Motorists have been urged to ensure that their windscreen wipers are in good condition and that the inside of the windscreen is cleaned regularly.

Mr Rodger advised drivers to do a proper winter check of their vehicle, especially the tyres.

The legal minimum for tyre tread in the UK is 1.6mm, but for optimum safety, motorists have been advised to look for replacements if the depth is below 3mm.

Other tips include making sure if all lights are working as well as packing an emergency kit in the boot, which includes a warm coat, a high visibility jacket, some food and water, a good pair of boots, de-icer and scraper, a torch, a spade and a mobile phone with a well-charged battery.

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