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The transition ot the winter season

 - 03/09/2020

From hot to cold, driving conditions change during the winter months, along with the demands on your vehicle. How to get through it safely? There are several ways to follow.

  • Switch to winter tyres if you have the option to store them or have them stored for the rest of the year. Below 7°C, summer tyres are no longer effective.
  • Fill the washer fluid container to the maximum and with an anti-freeze composition.
  • Free up frozen windscreen wipers by hand before setting off to avoid any pressure on the electric motors.
  • Operate your pedals and steering with the utmost care when driving on snow and ice.
  • Anticipate as much as possible by looking ahead as far as possible, which generally applies as a rule.
  • For long trips, have survival blankets, food and bottled water at the ready for any major delays.
  • Don't forget to put your summer tyres back on at the end of winter. Above 7°C, winter tyres will degrade more quickly.

To thaw your vehicle as best you can before setting off if you haven't covered your windscreen the day before, begin by starting the engine, switching on the headlights, de-ice or defrost (if your vehicle is equipped) the windshield and defrosting the rear window. In the meantime, scrape all windows and mirrors without activating the windshield wipers. De-icing products or a homemade vinegar solution, cut with a third of cold water, in a spray bottle will help to speed up the thawing of the ice or to open a frozen door.

 

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