Green Flag and Autosocks Help Winners Drive Safely Over Winter

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Five lucky UK motorists are driving safer this winter after winning a competition with Green Flag.

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Green Flag has been working hard this winter to make sure motorists are prepared for the risks of cold weather driving

Green Flag, the European breakdown cover provider, recently hosted a month-long challenge which gave drivers the chance to win an innovative alternative to snow chains: five pairs of Autosocks. These patented-fabric sleeves fit over tyres to provide lightweight grip in icy and snowy conditions and are so effective that they are being used by some emergency service vehicles over the winter period.

They were developed in Norway, and in honour of their Scandinavian origin, competition entrants were asked whether it was Thor Bjørklund, Johan Vaaler or Roald Amundsen who was the first man to reach both the topmost and southernmost tips of the planet.

As Thor Bjørklund is celebrated in his dairy-mad country for inventing the hand-held cheese slicer and Johan Vaaler was the brains behind a type of paperclip, the correct answer is Roald Amundsen. He’s perhaps most famous in the UK for pipping our own Captain Scott to the South Pole on the Englishman’s fateful trip in 1912. Hundreds of people correctly answered the question and five were chosen at random.

Appropriately enough, Roald Amundsen attributed his success to preparedness, famously saying: “Victory awaits him who has everything in order”. Alongside the Autosocks competition, Green Flag has been working hard over the winter period to make sure drivers are prepared for the challenges which come with driving in dark, wet and icy conditions.

The company provides breakdown cover for 4.5 million people across the UK and wants to raise awareness about the measures that you can take to prevent your car skidding, getting stuck or simply grumbling to a halt this winter.

Green Flag spokesperson Miranda Schunke advises you to drive more cautiously and take extra care when it comes to vehicle maintenance during colder weather. She says: “As well as all the usual checks, pay special attention to the battery. Starting your engine in cold weather requires a fully charged battery, so if the one in your car is weak, recharge or replace it before you leave.”

For more tips on driving safely in wintry conditions, visit the Green Flag website. If you bear safety in mind and take time to prepare properly, there’s still plenty to enjoy in the fresh, cold weather while out and about motoring.


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