IAM issues winter driving advice and tips

winter tyres 19th December 2011

The Institute of Advanced Motoring's (IAM) winter driving advice portal has some great tips for people taking to the roads over the festive season.

As snow and ice begin to cover the roads, winter tyres are a good way of ensuring that you remain in control of your vehicle at all times.

However, there are plenty of other things that you can do to ensure motoring remains as smooth as possible during the cold season.

The IAM advises keeping the fuel tank full to avoid freezing condensation developing on the inside and de-icing windows before you start the engine.

This is because using the heater burns a lot of fuel, so it is a good idea to start driving as soon as you turn on the engine if you want to limit the amount spent at the pumps.

For this reason, it is also cheaper to wear warm clothes and use the heaters less, rather than turning them up to full blast for the duration of your journey.

At very low temperatures, diesel can actually start to freeze, which can damage your engine, but during the winter months, petrol providers add anti-freeze chemicals to the fuel to prevent this from happening.

Posted by Danielle Barge