IAM: Prepare your car for the autumn

23rd September 2011

UK motorists should prepare for the autumn now to ensure their vehicle continues to run smoothly over the coming months, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Simon Elstow, head of training at IAM Drive & Survive, a subsidiary of IAM which promotes vehicle fleet safety, has urged British drivers to be safe when driving over wet leaves as it can be as dangerous as travelling over water.

He said: "Bear in mind that leaves can be slippery, especially when wet.

"Avoid hard acceleration or braking as it can cause skidding. And be aware that there may be a dip, pothole or other road hazard hiding under those leaves covering the road."

Mr Elstow added that drivers should also clear out their car's plenum chambers – the tray-like area under the bonnet – as this can fill up with water when it gets blocked with leaves.

This water can then seep into the car's electrics, which can cause expensive and potentially dangerous damage. 

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