Top tips for winter driving from car finance experts Car Loan 4U

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The UK’s leading car finance website Car Loan 4U offers motorists some helpful hints and tips for winter driving.

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If you’re looking to buy a new car, it could be worth getting one before the winter weather really kicks in so you are familiar with the vehicle to suit your driving style in different weather conditions.

As the clocks are set to change on Sunday 28 October, motorists will have to prepare themselves for different driving conditions as the days get shorter.* For example, drivers are at risk of being blinded by the low winter sun as they make the journey home from work.

Car Loan 4U Co-Director James Wilkinson commented:

“As the nights get colder, more and more drivers will have to adjust their driving style to the weather conditions. With the clocks going back this means that many drivers could be on the roads at dusk – which is often considered a difficult time to drive.

“For those motorists searching for a new car on finance, it could be worth getting one before the winter weather really kicks in so that the driver is familiar with the vehicle to suit their driving style in different weather conditions. Cheap loans are available from just 7.9% APR with Car Loan 4U.”

Assess your vision?

There are a number of things which could affect a driver's vision, such as a low winter sun, dirt, snow and heavy rainfall. It could be advisable to ensure that the windscreen is clean and the other windows are clear. For example, make sure the wipers are up to scratch and that the windscreen washer fluid has enough anti-freeze to prevent the engine from freezing.

Driving when it’s wet

Rain is almost guaranteed over the next few months and the roads can become increasingly dangerous to drive on if wet. It typically takes longer to slow down in wet weather and so it would be advisable to slow down and take extra care when coming to a halt on wet roads. **

With this in mind, keep sufficient distance from the vehicle in front.

Are winter tyres required ?

As the weather turns, the roads could become icy so it could be worth considering various winter tyres options. Last year, less than 5% of motorists were planning on buying winter tyres, yet some 63% of drivers didn’t believe they had the skills to handle driving in all weather conditions. ***

A cheap car loan could help motorists buy a new car this autumn.

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Notes to editors

**Source: AA, Winter driving
*** Source: Manheim Auctions, WINTER TYRES? NO THANK YOU! 17/10/11

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