Winter Driving Tips
Winter Driving

Winter Driving Tips

Here at Essex Auto Group – Kia we know how driving during the winter months can be a lot more challenging both for you and your vehicle. Below are a few tips which could help during these colder winter months.

If you have anything of concern on your car, please get in touch and we will be able to get your car back into tip-top shape.

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General Winter Driving Tips:

Follow these simple tips and help to avoid unnecessary accidents:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle
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Tips for Long Distance Winter Trips

Make sure your prepared with our useful tips below!

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a Essex Auto Group – Kia dealership.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuelline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Ensure you pack the essentials – mobile phone, blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible, run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve fuel.
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Looking to get some winter accessories for your Kia?

Contact one of our service departments for pricing on the perfect winter equipment from mud flaps to winter packs!

Southend - 01702 831381

Lakeside - 01708 607192

Mud Flaps
Car Mats
Boot Liner